__/ [ DFS ] on Saturday 04 March 2006 04:31 \__
> Roy Schestowitz wrote:
>> MySQL/PostgreSQL will catch up and take over, in due time.
> Geologic time.
>> Many of us have come to grips with the
>> migration of systems to the Web.
> No doubt about that. I've been building Access apps for years, but more
> more I'm asked for web apps. But I've found a great compromise: deploying
> Access apps on a Citrix Server, which is accessed via the Web. It works
> great. The users get the nice interface features and excellent reporting
> of Access, along with easy access from home or wherever, and I get a single
> deployment location.
>> What you often find is that Open Source CMS's gain strength
>> because they are powerful and affordable. This is a daunting
>> observation to commercial database vendors, which much like
>> Microsoft, fail to accept the trend, namely a Webward migration.
I appreciate a response that's not derogatory or immature. Outlook Live
version was demo'ed last night, I believe, or is at least seeing some
light for the first time. There is no doubt in the analysts' mind, howev-
er: Microsoft is rather late to join the party. It plays catchup with Of-
fice-clones that are Web-based (Zimbra being the prominent Outlook alter-
I manage my spreadsheets using an Open Source PHP tool and have been very
satisfied with it since I began using it. So why look sideways? Windows
Live will only offer bloat and will be too expensive to appeal to users,
even if it relies on advertisement estate, which will repel many users
while keeping cost down.
How the battle over the Web ends up, we are yet to see. Microsoft is being
pulled from their sheer advantage, which is proximity to the desktop.
Portability is costing them and it will show, in due time.
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