Microsoft's CEO may come out swinging

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gcf1965 wrote:

I think it is a great idea as no other office suite has anywhere near the capability of MS Office. However, I do think it will be as big a player as thought. Tablets are great fun and modestly useful for on the go moments, but they simply cannot provide the usefulness of laptops and definitely not the efficiency of getting work done as multi-screen desktop machines. Tablets are cool tech, but not as usefula as any maker/platform would have you believe.

Mar 25, 2014 1:14pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
nocroman wrote:

Good news, I hope Satya Nadella is prepared to handle the multi billion dollar lawsuit for violating contracts with millions of customers when they stop support for Windows XP and XP Pro. The Xp O/S license was a lifetime license for a customers computer, and as such msut be supported as long as that person still owns and uses said computer. The attempt to force customers to spend hundreds of dollars to upgrade to a new O/S every few years to keep profits coming in under the ospise that the new O/S is something brand new and better (Not true, see Vista vs. XP) while maintaining they have liftime rights to the software but not the responsibility to maintain that software for a lifetime does not make any sense. Business or otherwise. I believe that the courts will agree that lifetime rights of ownership requires lifetime of responsibility.
Microsoft MUST keep supporting Windows XP or give up their rights to that sofware and allow others to continue support and own the rights to All Windows versions that Microsoft has decided Not to support any longer.
Just how many times does Microsoft need to release a new O/S before they actually get it right?

Mar 25, 2014 1:25pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Ben_Irwin wrote:

Why not Visio or Project for Apple OS?

Mar 25, 2014 1:27pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
sparkzbarca wrote:

oh stop being absurd, you can still use the product they just aren’t updating it but that doesn’t prevent you from using it, hell if you disconnect from the internet or run it behind a hell of a firewall you can use it forever. (many ATMs run on windows NT still, thats a freaking DOS screen, no windows desktop at all)

tons of multiplayer games cease providing servers, they gave you a product, it works, it does what they said it would, that they aren’t continuing to make it better for free for forever is not some horrible violation of the law.

Mar 25, 2014 1:43pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
sparkzbarca wrote:

oh stop being absurd, you can still use the product they just aren’t updating it but that doesn’t prevent you from using it, hell if you disconnect from the internet or run it behind a hell of a firewall you can use it forever. (many ATMs run on windows NT still, thats a freaking DOS screen, no windows desktop at all)

tons of multiplayer games cease providing servers, they gave you a product, it works, it does what they said it would, that they aren’t continuing to make it better for free for forever is not some horrible violation of the law.

Mar 25, 2014 1:43pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
gcf1965 wrote:

nocroman, have you tried getting support for your Model-T lately? There comes a point that a manufacturer can no longer reasonably provide support for obsolete products, WinXP is no different. To think there is any legit lawsuits on the horizon is failing to understand product lifecycle. They are charging banks for providing support to the ATM machines using XP. MS is the most innovative and productivity minded firm out there. They have a lifetime license, I don’t think there is any expectation, implied or explicit, for MS to provide support beyond what tehy already have. XP has been a great OS, but it has become obsolete and is not worht repeated patching when a ne OS is available.

Mar 25, 2014 1:53pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Butch_from_PA wrote:

He is not the right person to lead change in Microsoft. Still lots of major Executive in-fighting and tunnel vision in Microsoft.

Mar 25, 2014 2:28pm EDT  --  Report as abuse

Well I for one sure hope Nadella is capable of fixing stupidity.

Such as Windows 8, for example, what a piece of garbage. Won’t even allow me to uninstall programs for crying out loud. And I am NOT in the mood today for trolling around knowledge bases looking for tips, either.

That’s how I became so good at working with Win 7, I am not about to repeat that process every freaking time Microsquash comes up with a dumb new idea, either.

I’ve never had so many problems before Windows 8 came along.

Mar 25, 2014 4:40pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
taggert wrote:

I’ll take OpenOffice or LibreOffice any day of the week over proprietary.

Mar 25, 2014 7:55pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
PaulBogdanich wrote:

It would be a relief if they built a decent operating system for once. Does that count as a bold stroke?

Mar 25, 2014 8:13pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Neurochuck wrote:

An interesting countermove from Google would be to release and support an Android emulator/virtual-machine that ran nicely on Windows 7 and 8 PCs/laptops, particularly with more featured Intel chips and graphics processors.
With access to the Play Store and so many paid and free apps.
This would extend the “run anywhere” coverage of Android and cloud/mobile apps into the bastions of Microsoft’s corporate and professional market.

Mar 25, 2014 10:22pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
melgross wrote:

Too little, too late. There is no way that Microsoft will make anywhere near this amount of money from this. The best purpose for this will to hopefully, for them that is, be a way of stopping Apple from gaining a major foothold with improved versions of iWork. Last year they rewrote that, in addition to coming out with a web version as Google and Microsoft have. This year, they will finish adding back the features they needed to remove to get the thing out the door, and will begin to add more.

What’s being lost on analysts, which isn’t surprising, as they are a slow bunch, not seeing what’s happening until after it happens, is that Microsoft will likely be offering this as an adjunct to 365. As such, they will gain nothing from it. Those having the subs will be getting this for free, we assume. We also read that Microsoft may offer it for $70 a year, which is way too much. No one will pay $70 a year for a tablet version of Office, no matter how complete it may be. That’s just not tablet pricing. $50 for the suite is the most most people would pay.

And then there is the fact that while tens of millions of iPads are used in business every day, few write large documents on it, or work on massive spreadsheets or databases. That’s not what it’s for.

I don’t perceive a massive use case for Office on a tablet, and particularly on a smartphone. Too much is being made of this. Remember the saying about Office:

80% of the users use 20% of the features.

Office is overkill, and if Apple, with its now free iWork suite, continues to improve its product, there will hardly be any need for it at all. At any rate, I don’t see how Microsoft makes much money on this because if people do want to use Office on their iPads, then they are less likely to want it on their desktop as well, or won’t want to pay extra for it if they have it there already.

If that proves to be the case, what will happen to Microsoft’s stock then?

Mar 26, 2014 12:31pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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