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Archive for May, 2009

Interesting facts about OpenOffice

Posted by bionicoder on May 5, 2009

It is very interesting to see people discuss this topic. One interesting thing interests is that Sun ever considered ad-suuported model for open-office 2 years ago according to  this message.

Another interesting thing is that freeware + shareware model does not work well for all products. Sun did not make enough money from StarOffice ($34.99 per license). This can be proved by the recent acquisition. It is a failed model for Sun. If Sun succeeded on StarOffice, they should not be acquired by Microsoft. See how much money Microsoft earned from Office products. I guess maybe billions.

It is time to pay more attention on ad-supported model.

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Is Microsoft late?

Posted by bionicoder on May 4, 2009

There were many discussions about Microsoft ad-supported Office 14 available next year.  One point is that Microsoft is 5 years late to offer free version of products. Is that true?

I don’t see this as Microsoft arriving late. I see it more as Microsoft waiting until the right time. They will no doubt make more money selling the product, than presenting ads on it. I imagine Microsoft have been waiting for the right metrics in the market share before offering the ad supported version.

Not to go off topic, but I see this as a way of clawing back users who have moved to OpenOffice or other free office suites. Making something has to be better than making nothing.  If Microsoft can get these users back to the MS office, they will keep the leading position.

OpenOffice still can not compete with Microsoft Office from user experience and functionality perspective. They used to be an alternative if users can’t afford to or not willing to buy office products. OpenOffice has been successful because of its “free” strategy. But it will lose its advantage if free Microsoft Office available. Unless OpenOffice can make money either from ads (ad-supporte OpenOffice?) or whatever other ways to do better marketing and product improvement, I don’t know how OpenOffice can compete with Microsoft Office next year

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