High Prices For IT

M$’s business plan is to tax IT and it has worked for decades. Now, Australians are mad as Hell and tired of taking it:
“Windows costing too much? Switch to a free operating system like GNU/Linux or any of the BSDs. The latter are free not only in terms of money but also give you a chance to access the source code and change what you like.
Microsoft Office costing the earth? Move to the free office suites LibreOffice or Apache OpenOffice. Hardly anyone uses more than 20 per cent of the features that are available in MS Office anyway. And the free suites do not lock you in to proprietary formats”

see High prices? Just stop using the software.

There are few reasons consumers “need” that other OS. They are not heavy users of applications other than browsers and media-players which abound in FLOSS and GNU/Linux. Quit grumbling about paying premium prices for M$’s stuff and use Free Software. It will work for you and not for M$.

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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3 Responses to High Prices For IT

  1. dougman says:

    LibreOffice documentation, very helpful!

    http://www.libreoffice.org/get-help/documentation/

    Here is a feature breakdown:

    https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/Feature_Comparison:_LibreOffice_-_Microsoft_Office

    Now go forth and save some money!

  2. matchrocket says:

    Actually it’s more like why buy the milk when when the cow is free?

  3. dougman says:

    Why buy the cow when you can get the milk for free? Does M$ Office provide $10 a month worth of value when productivity tools such as LibreOffice are available at no cost? Heck no…

    I think the distinction is critical when you are accounting for costs and savings. If you migrate from M$ Office to LibreOffice directly, for the first time, then you have upfront costs related to training, document conversion, rewriting VBA macros, and all the other technical stuff, as well as the internal communications and push related to the change management and user buy-in side of it. However, once completed, the cost savings from forgoing M$ licenses is consistent with an increased savings over time.

    Look at these prices, $99/year to RENT your documents???? M$ Office 2013 costs at least $140 per seat, or $220 with Outlook.

    http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/buy/

    M$ Office 365 – 50 users $4950/year
    Standard M$ Office Suite – 50 users $7K
    Business M$ Office Suite – 50 users $11K

    So you see, M$ stands to make more selling 365 then its standard, rather sneaky I say, eh?

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