Oops! The Monopoly Is Shaken

“Subscriber additions peaked in the first quarter of 2015, at 3.2 million, followed by 3 million in the third quarter, providing a foundation for a record 11.4 million new subscribers during the year.
After Q4 2015, however, the trailing 12-month numbers fell, a decline fueled by the plateau of 0.9 million each quarter from the second onward. That resulted in a gain of just 4.3 million subscribers throughout 2016, a reduction of 62% from the year before.”
See New Office 365 subscriptions for consumers plunged 62% in 2016
Let’s see. Employment up. Dollar strong. Subscriptions down? Have consumers figured out that they can live without M$’s stuff on their desktops? Perhaps. In 2016, most people found they didn’t even need a desktop legacy PC to survive on the Internet. No reason to have an office suite to send e-mail/twit/FB… Expect corresponding declines in the OS too. It’s all good. If people need a legacy PC they can run Debian GNU/Linux on it with LibreOffice. No need for serial extortion either.

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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7 Responses to Oops! The Monopoly Is Shaken

  1. Gonzalo says:

    Indeed! Godspeed FLOSS!
    I’m using my favorite distro PCLinuxOS, Libreoffice, GIMP, VLC, Firefox… and no systemDevil here!
    And I am waiting Devuan to be launched for good for using it in some machines, too (32 bits, specially).

  2. Deaf Spy says:

    Most consumers probably don’t need an office suite at all.

    Aha, clear. Use LibreOffice when you don’t need an office suit at all.

  3. dougman wrote, “Sounds like a profitable venture.”

    She sells homes, not papers. She needs a few sheets of paper per home. Many are printed in advance and filled forms get faxed to their destinations. She’s only a little younger than I and due for retirement. Probably 99% of her business is done by telephone, you know, that thing that Bell invented? or in person, not on paper. The multi-function printer gets used more for scanning/faxing than printing. LibreOffice is more used to manage spreadsheets or to create letters than to print anything. She knows how to attach a file to e-mail, thank Goodness.

    Back in 2004, when I was first a computer teacher, one important topic was the “paperless office”. TLW is about as close to that as possible, to save money and space, mostly. Despite having been in real estate for decades she has only one file-cabinet and it’s still not full. I’d say most of her paper is invoices/receipts for stuff she buys and records for taxation. Only a tiny fraction are documents she has created using an office suite. Most of those are still only on hard drive storage. I didn’t teach her that. Price/performance did. She can do everything she does with an office suite with LibreOffice.

  4. dougman says:

    “TLW uses a carton of paper about every decade.”

    Sounds like a profitable venture.

  5. Deaf Spy wrote, “why do you recommend LibreOffice?”

    We’re talking about consumer-software in this story. Most consumers probably don’t need an office suite at all. They do things by interacting with a web-application, e-mail or on the telephone, or in person. For those that do or on the rare occasions, LibreOffice will do the job. They can send the resultant file as e-mail. They probably don’t even need a printer.

    Even in my household where TLW runs a business the printer sits idle for weeks at a time. It’s only awakened when some paper is required. TLW uses a carton of paper about every decade. She’s had the printer for years but is only about to change toner the second time. LibreOffice works for her. I use the printer a few times a year for odd jobs like printing a form to take to the shooting range or to show my doctor my record of blood-sugar levels… LibreOffice works for me. I also use it as a page to display rarely-used special characters to paste into the blog like º or ₵, although I use HTML sometimes too. I think visitors to our home have used LibreOffice and the printer once or twice a year. For this should we pay M$ for the privilege? Nope.

  6. kurkosdr says:

    MS Office: The commercial office suite most people don’t pay money to use(tm)(c)(r).

  7. Deaf Spy says:

    No reason to have an office suite to send e-mail/twit/FB

    Then why do you recommend LibreOffice?

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