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On 10/06/2012 03:57 AM, Dr. R. O Stapf wrote:
I think the market share of MSO has nothing to do with the users being
idiots or not. The 90% share is caused by 3 things
1 - When you buy a PC you often get the MSO already pre-installed
2 - Not many people know about alternatives. I only learned about OO
and LO from my brother who is a IT wizard. While talking to people
about me utilization of LO I am always experiecing that almost  all
people do not know about OO or LO or other packages.
3 - Many IT departments in companies choose MSO because it is easily
available and they consider the support as good. Keep in mind that
introduction of an alternative suit requires a lot of testing in an IT
department. The suit must be stable and keep productivity high.
Some of the IT departments I had to work with  convinced me the average
tech person in the department knew less about computers in general than
I did. Not that I necessarily know that much. I can remember trying to
solve a networking problem according to my then employer's IT staff and
nothing worked. Eventually, they found that the hardware and software
they had specified did work well together. My sarcastic engineering
comment was to ask if they had bothered to read both spec sheets; I was
working in chemical process engineering then and reading spec sheets was
a mandatory practice for us to avoid killing innocent people.

Another problem is that it is often easier in many companies to get
approval to buy/install from a "name brand" than from someone who is not
a "name brand". MS, Apple, Dell, HP,  and Intel are "name brands" and it
is presumed safe to buy from them. A superior product may not get
installed/bought because of this mindset. In the 70's and 80's the joke
was "no one got fired for buying IBM" even if their product was the
worst in the market segment because of the brand image of IBM.

If my above statements are wrong, then I am happy because I converted
from MSO to LO, thus from an idiot to something else...

On 2012-10-06 01:12, Wolfgang Keller wrote:
If MSO is a 90% market leader all its users cannot be complete idiots.

Jay Lozier

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