Looking Better All The Time

How many ways do you suck Microsoft? I’ve lost track. And yet you keep adding examples:

http://www.pcworld.com/article/3191298/windows/microsoft-will-cut-services-to-standalone-office-users-so-theyll-subscribe-to-office-365.html

When Microsoft launched Office 365 in 2010, Microsoft officials said then that customers were asking to move to the cloud. Beginning in 2020, some Office customers will need to buy Office 365 to do so.

In an update to Microsoft’s Office 365 system requirements released on Thursday, Microsoft said that consumers who have already purchased “perpetual”—i.e., standalone—versions of Office, such as Office 2010, Office 2013, and Office 2016, would be cut off from accessing the business versions of OneDrive and Skype after mainstream support expires. Those who have purchases those Office suites will be allowed to connect until Oct. 13, 2020—the day mainstream support ends for Office 2016, and the day the new support policy kicks in.

This is M$ redefining their offerings as “services”. Why do you think they were giving Windows 10 away for free? They will eventually demand a monthly/yearly fee for it, just as they’re doing now with the business (Enterprise) edition of W10Pro right now.

The funny part, at least for me? The cutoff date for Office 2016 (which I don’t use) is about six months after I wipe my machinery and install Linux, if I haven’t done so earlier.

Linux is looking better all the time ™.

(This post, along with all the rest of today’s posts, was done via Linuxblogging ™)

2 Responses to “Looking Better All The Time”

  1. Jeffersonian says:

    http://openoffice.org

    Or in Linux,

    http://www.libreoffice.org

    which is included in the distribution packages for the two flavors of Linux I’ve ever tried.

  2. Peter says:

    Indeed. That’s what’s running on the Eeeeeee.