Roy Schestowitz wrote:
> __/ [DFS] on Thursday 10 November 2005 15:34 \__
>> You MS-naysayers continually bleat about MS not innovating, but the
>> fact is their gigantic MS Research arm does lots of fundamental
>> research in computer science, and publishes a lot of it for the
>> benefit of everyone.
> Why is it posted here? This is a Linux newsgroup.
Says you. The subjects and discussions here say differently.
>> And their products are continually improved. For instance, in the
>> face of little competition on the desktop database side (FileMaker
>> Pro is about it), the new version of Access 12 is filled to the brim
>> with new ideas and features.
>> For me it's a must buy. If the rest of Office 12 shows similar
>> improvements, it's a must buy too.
> As a home user, will you be willing to pay the price? As a
> corporation, will you be able to bear the cost? As an
> individual/corporation, will youever be able to migrate your data
> elsewhere when the software is no longer affordable?
The answer to all 3 is "Yes, of course!"
Business have been paying for MS Office by the $billions for 10 years now.
When will you nutcases understand MS Office isn't expensive? In volume
licensing, I expect Office costs no more than $50 per employee per year.
>> OpenOffice will be playing catch-up for the next 3 years, of course,
>> until the next release of MS Office, at which time the OO developers
>> are forced to hunker down again so people will quit chuckling at
>> their efforts.
> Your mind continues to wander in oblivion. The only reason some
> people stick to Office is because licences have not expired yet
Yeah, you keep telling yourself that as the world ignores OO.
> and since OpenOffice is *yet* to gain its deserved reputation.
Oh, I think it will one day gain the reputation it deserves.
> Hey, look! Published today...
> Big guns in the software industry are massing behind
> OpenDocument as government customers show more interest
> in open-source alternatives to Microsoft?s desktop
Cool. Big guns massed behind Linux a while ago, and it's not exactly taking
over the Microsoft desktop world, now is it?
> PS - just because you authored a book on Office does not make it
> formidable to us. Wishful thinking ain't reality either.
You're thinking of a different DFS. The only thing I author are
hard-hitting, smackdown posts to cola.