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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RE: So what?
by darknexus on Thu 8th Nov 2012 16:41 UTC in reply to "So what?"
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I agree with most of your points, except for this one:

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.

While the first bit is valid, the second part is pure bullshit. It is not an illegal practice to offer a version of your product, at a cheaper rate, for various purposes. Educational discounts are not illegal. Period. Monopoly, in this particular instance, doesn't even enter into it. And, would you look at that? Despite your "monopoly" straw man, the alternatives are growing by leaps and bounds. iWork on the Mac and iPad, Google Docs on the web, etc. The market, in this case, is actually balancing itself out quite well. Those who buy office are, more often than not, *gasp* those who actually need it because of their job (e.g. they need access to Sharepoint projects). The enterprise will continue to use office for a while yet, but things always move slowly in the world of business IT, so that's far from a surprise. At the moment, everyone's benefiting. Microsoft need to get their act together, and other alternatives are gaining greater traction now than they ever have. It's about time we have some true competition in this arena, and at long last that's exactly what we're getting.

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