Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 8th Nov 2012 11:45 UTC
Microsoft "Last week I overheard two of the top Microsoft 'watchers' discuss the Office group having bet against Windows 8, presumably because Office 2013 is not fully a (set of) Metro (a.k.a., Windows Store) apps. Ok, as much as it pains me to defend Office I'm going to do so. I'm going to defend them because they are more right than wrong. Especially when you take a shareholder perspective. Not only will I defend what Office did for Windows 8, I'm going to defend some of their licensing decisions. Oh that should be fun." Insightful analysis of the current state of Office within the great context of Microsoft's current challenges. Written by Hal Berenson, former distinguished engineer and general manager at Microsoft.
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So what?
by PieterGen on Thu 8th Nov 2012 12:20 UTC
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The article is not very convincing. In the first place, what do I (as a tech lover) care about the profitability of MSOffice. But apart from that, let's dissect the article:

A. ".. saturation of its traditional market for desktop productivity apps they have struggled to find ways to grow...response here has been to grow the Office suite, particularly through the creation of the Office Server products such as Sharepoint....."
My experience with Sharepoint is that only consultants like it, because it brings money. Users, when given the choice, prefer other software. It is overly complex and just a chore to work with.

B. "The second headwind has been the emergence of free, or extremely inexpensive, alternatives to Office. Response: A “Home and Student” edition.
Basically this is using the monopoly money to keep competitors out of the market. An illegal practice.

C. The third head-wind has been ....GMail and Google Apps Response: Office 365
Please compare Google Apps and Office 365. The first is limited but easy to use, the second is more feature rich but the usual Microsoft uber complex mess.

D. The fourth headwind has been the switch ... to informal communications such as email, instant messaging, and text messages. Microsoft has responded in numerous ways, from the addition of OneNote, to Lync.

DOes anybody actually USE Lync? And if it is so succesful, why does Microsoft kill it in favor of Skype? ;-)

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