Bionicoder's Blog

Windows software development and business blog

Posts Tagged ‘Software’

Microsoft gives free Windows 7 to invitation-only testers

Posted by bionicoder on July 30, 2009

Microsoft will give free Windows 7 Ultimate  to invitation-only tester to show thanks to Windows 7 Beta Tester.  This is 180 degree turn from early statement that members of the Windows Technical Beta Program would not be receiving a complimentary copy of Windows 7.

Advertisements

Posted in Microsoft | Tagged: , , , | 2 Comments »

Is this good? – IE free Windows 7

Posted by bionicoder on June 11, 2009

Consumers in Europe probably will see IE free Windows 7 sooner or later.  Reacting to antitrust concerns expressed by European regulators.  Microsoft plans to offer a version of Window 7 in Europe that has IE removed.  This is called Windows 7 E. Micrsoft  try to appease European Commission (EC) regulators who are mulling possible remedies in the ongoing Opera-Microsoft browser-bundling case in the European Union.

Is this good? For consumers, it is not a big deal. They will see other browsers installed when they purchase new PC with preinstalled Windows 7.  OEM manufactures won’t ship new PCs without any browser.

For browser software companies, it is a chance to get more market share. That is Opera has been struggling for.

For developers, it is hard to say at this point.  Starting from Windows 95, IE has been the “must have” browser in Windows.  So many desktop application is dependent on browser library – shDocVM.dll, which is the core component of IE browser. If this were removed in Windows 7 E, then the software dependent on WebBrowser control will not work properly. That would be a nightmare for developers.

Posted in Microsoft, Software | Tagged: , , | 2 Comments »

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.

Posted in business, Software, Software Business | Tagged: , , , | 1 Comment »

Ad-Supported Version of Microsoft Office 14 May be Available

Posted by bionicoder on March 22, 2009

On Feb 24th 2009, I posted an article asking that Will Microsoft consider ad-supported software model again? Now this will become true. On March 3rd, Microsoft Business Division president Stephen Elop said Microsoft would release an ad-supported version of Microsoft Office 14 — Office 14 is expected to be available in 2010. Elop said the purpose behind releasing a free version of Microsoft Office with ads displayed alongside the workspace was to draw “pirate customers into the revenue stream.” according to Silicon Valley Insider.

As my analysis in previous article, this would be Microsoft strategy to compete with Open Source and freeware. It is not only for fighting software piracy. Then what would be Open Source ‘s response to this? Will Open Source follow Microsoft to use ad-supported model as well?

One thing we can predict is more and more software companies will follow Microsoft to put ads on their software in the future. No matter you like it or not, this is the trend driven by competition.

Posted in ad-supported, Software, Software Business | Tagged: , , | 8 Comments »