On 11/19/2012 07:49 AM, VA wrote:
The truly maddening part is that, if more people used LibO, then the
.ODT format would become "standard" and MS would be relegated to
ODF formats are the international standard so technically MS is not
being standards compliant. This may be very useful if someone where to
sue MS for monopolistic practices.
So, Office wins because corporations buy it, making its file format
"standard," which forces the rest of us to conform.
It's absolutely crazy.
Subscription based models are probably better for the vendor not the
user over the life of the product. I suspect the fees will be charged
monthly instead of annually to lower the sticker shock and even out cash
-----Original Message----- From: Tanstaafl
Sent: Monday, November 19, 2012 7:32 AM
Subject: Re: [libreoffice-users] Re: OpenOffice to be dumped in
On 2012-11-19 6:54 AM, M Henri Day <email@example.com> wrote:
I don't see this happening any more. Microsoft is on a roll now, coming
out with new versions *far* more often than they used to (which
can 'improve' the file formats much more often). My understanding is
are actually pushing ultimately to a subscriptions based model - but
could end up being good news, because imnsho, dong this could
fire on them though (fingers crossed)... when I discussed this with my
boss, he commented that the day Microsoft *forces* us to have to
our licenses annually is the day he will never upgrade again (just
whatever version we currently have until the world ends).
Implicit in this model is that users will being using the "Cloud" to
access the programs rather than having it installed on their machines.
This raises another set of issues about the "Cloud" versus local
An excellent exposition of the methods used by Microsoft to «protect»
«intellectual property» - more accurately described as using its
quasi-monopoly to exclude others from the market....
There is one more hing that could turn this around - if the EU (or some
other major governmental entity) were to engage in and win an antitrust
lawsuit against Microsoft and force them to *fully* document their file
formats, as happened with their Windows Server SMB protocols (which I
understand has benefited the Samba project immensely).
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