Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 10th Oct 2005 19:32 UTC
Microsoft The Microsoft exec in charge of Office has dismissed last week's tie-up between Sun and Google as allusion rather than substance. "That announcement didn't have anything," Chris Capossela, corporate vice president Information Worker Product Management Group of Microsoft told a crowd of reporters last week. "It had something about a toolbar and Java Runtime, and it alluded to a potential thing some time in the future. OpenOffice isn't hard to get, just go to their website and download the software."
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Self Delusions
by Jedd on Mon 10th Oct 2005 20:11 UTC
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2005-07-06

Who is MS trying to convince, themselves?

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RE: Self Delusions
by pr0c on Mon 10th Oct 2005 20:21 in reply to "Self Delusions"
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2005-07-06

Who is MS trying to convince, themselves?

Shareholders?

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RE: Self Delusions
by on Mon 10th Oct 2005 20:28 in reply to "Self Delusions"
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What's delusional is people thinking that the craptastic code base of OO will have any significant impact on Office.

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RE[2]: Self Delusions
by the_trapper on Mon 10th Oct 2005 20:35 in reply to "RE: Self Delusions"
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2005-07-07

What's delusional is people thinking that the craptastic code base of OO will have any significant impact on Office.

I know, it's the same people that thought that craptastic code base of Mozilla would have any significant impact on Internet Explorer.

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RE[2]: Self Delusions
by unoengborg on Mon 10th Oct 2005 23:28 in reply to "RE: Self Delusions"
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The problem to Microsoft is that not even their own products have any significant impact on their installed user base. There is very little reaoson to upgrade to anything better than Office 97.

Today Openoffice/StarOffice have about as high market penetration as the latest offerings from Microsoft and most of that was mainly achieved with the old OpenOffice 1.0 that was extremely compatible with MS-Office but not close to the compatibility that StarOffice 8/OpenOffice 2.0 is/will be.

This means that in the old days, Microsoft could drop support for previous versions and people would upgrade like sheep. Today they have options, and in the case of Office 12 these options will look better than usual, as Star/OpenOffice looks and feels much more like the Office people are used to then the new Microsoft Office 12, and thus will use up much less money in training costs.

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RE[2]: Self Delusions
by on Tue 11th Oct 2005 20:50 in reply to "RE: Self Delusions"
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Well, it will. You can already bet your house on that MS will have to bow down before open document standard... yes, this won't kill MS Office, though.

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