So the answer to software piracy is cheaper hardware..! So even software business issues are a hardware problem! Presumably the logic is that cheap, crappy hardware can't run the expensive software.
What about free software, Mr Ballmer? Wouldn't that reduce software piracy?
Thursday, 21 October 2004
A good way for a mgt guru to get headlines, but does it really have any merit? I'd agree that the basic premise is sound: Linux does appear on devices, and drag apps off onto the Internet or the open-source market. Is it a threat to Microsoft? Sure, quite a refreshing one for the market, and even for Microsoft, I expect. Killing them? Hardly. Not even close, I'd argue. The key variables for predicting tech future are the standards: how mature they are, and who owns them. MS Office is still the de facto office standard, and MS are contemplating moving it onto the Internet as a rented service. So they can and do change their business models.
Open standards merely provide MS with a choice: to adhere to them completely, or to 'extend' the standards, ensuring that they can read such standards, but that compatibility is merely a non-default choice for the customer. Simple example: MS Office for Mac 2004 cannot read MS Powerpoint 2003 for Windows XP files. The message there is "unless you use our OS, you get token compatibility".
The only love I can see MS extending to Linux is a token: thanks for providing some competition and hopefully keeping the monopolies commissions off our back.
Friday, 15 October 2004
Thank god I didn't upgrade my iPod last week. Nice to see Apple are taking the sensible approach, and not even trying to make it play video on the screen (like I want to watch my favourite films on a postage stamp sized screen, with battery life shorter than the film!), but instead opting for just pictures and a video-out socket.
Wednesday, 13 October 2004
Now this is an interesting dilemma for Apple: do we sue and supress (and risk alienating our advocates), or do we applaud and promote in the hope that: "A lot of people can try out OS X and see how beautiful the environment is... It makes it easier to spend money on the hardware if they see how beautiful it is."
I couldn't agree more, but how this will go down with Microsoft is a good question, as is the question of support for the multifarious PC hardware configurations.
Tuesday, 12 October 2004
Another case of M$ shifting the goalposts... Is belligerently ensuring that anything produced by them requires their technology:-
a). anti-competitive behaviour
b). viral ?
The correct answer drawn randomly will receive a copy of Windows XP...