Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 8th Dec 2013 22:10 UTC
Microsoft

The Microsoft CEO succession process appears to be stalled. This is a company with immense human, technical, and financial resources; the tech industry is filled with intelligent, energetic, dedicated candidates. What's wrong with the matchmaking process?

The gist: Microsoft needs someone strong enough to stand up to the old guard still looking over everyone's shoulder (Gates and Ballmer) - and essentially dismiss them - since the company needs to look to the future, not the past.

Good luck with that.

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RE[3]: Comment by Nelson
by Fergy on Mon 9th Dec 2013 14:53 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Nelson"
Fergy
Member since:
2006-04-10

I think Office 365 is quite a good idea. Innovative ideas are nice, but they need to be good as well.

As a company you want your users on the latest version. You can give it away, like Apple with iWork, or continue to extract money, like Microsoft with Office 365.

If your'e in to Office than the O365 plans provide pretty good deals, I guess.

Of course it is a good idea. Linux has been doing it for ages. Charging for new versions of Windows and Office should have stopped a long time ago. Just pay a small fee per year and it is your choice if you want to run WindowsXP, 7 or 8.

If MS were a startup their behavior would be fine. But they are a billion dollar monopoly and I expect more from a corporation that has no limits.

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RE[4]: Comment by Nelson
by MOS6510 on Mon 9th Dec 2013 15:03 in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by Nelson"
MOS6510 Member since:
2011-05-12

What would you suggest?

A lot of people/companies kept using old Office versions. When they finally bought a new one they skipped a couple. With O365 they get the latest version and Microsoft makes more money.

So in my view the subscription move has been an improvement for Microsoft and for the user who doesn't have to contemplate wether to upgrade to a new version or not.

The Linux/Open Source way has been to give away stuff for free and ask money for either installing products or support. If Microsoft gave Office away for free, how many people would turn to them for support? Probably a number, but they'd make far less money than they are doing now.

One thing Microsoft should improve is getting rid of all these different versions, because they can lead to serious brain damage trying to figure them out.

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RE[5]: Comment by Nelson
by Fergy on Mon 9th Dec 2013 15:11 in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by Nelson"
Fergy Member since:
2006-04-10

The Linux/Open Source way has been to give away stuff for free and ask money for either installing products or support. If Microsoft gave Office away for free, how many people would turn to them for support? Probably a number, but they'd make far less money than they are doing now.

I wish Linux would offer something like Android does where you could use just the free stuff but you could get a better experience and better support if you get the paid version of the app. That way something like Libreoffice maybe could get a steady stream of money to really make a valid alternative to Office.

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