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[4]: Comment by Nelson
by MOS6510 on Mon 9th Dec 2013 15:03 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by Nelson"
MOS6510
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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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RE[6]: Comment by Nelson
by MOS6510 on Mon 9th Dec 2013 15:16 in reply to "RE[5]: Comment by Nelson"
MOS6510 Member since:
2011-05-12

I think that would work.

But I think you need some sort of standard Linux distro to run it on, because there are too many ones that have too many little and big differences to make it work.

Android is reasonably standard and has it. These Synology DiskStations basically run Linux and they have specifics apps for them. iOS and OS X have it. Windows has it.

I believe Ubuntu has something like it, but IIRC they don't offer paid apps.

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Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

I'm assuming you are talking about a specific business strategy that you see with some Android applications that are offered for sale in the Play Market, rather than the operating system itself.

You realize that business model is only possible if a single company owns the copyrights to the software. Just like when Sun/Oracle gave open office for free, but also sold star office which "had more features" and support. So a specific application developer can do that, and several have in the past and some currently do that ( mysql).

Edited 2013-12-09 15:26 UTC

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