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Microsoft Unbundles Software For NY City 131

doishmere writes "Microsoft has agreed to sell individual pieces of software to NY City workers, rather than forcing each seat to buy a full suite of software. The city has created three classes of users based on which pieces of software they need to perform their job, and Microsoft will sell software packages tailored to each class at a reduced price."
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Microsoft Unbundles Software For NY City

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  • by js3 ( 319268 ) on Wednesday October 20, 2010 @08:18PM (#33968514)

    The fact that when you open an MS word document and do any editing it fucks it up for everyone else is one reason. One of our meetings went like this

    "Who uses open office?"


  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday October 20, 2010 @08:35PM (#33968632)


    Writing long crap and repeating it all over doesn't make it more right.

    For your information, in my university, almost everyone uses a Mac - students and teachers. Most of them dual boot or virtualize fedora or ubuntu. I can count with my fingers the number of people running windows. Another interesting fact is that the worst students are the ones running *only* Microsoft Windows.

    Oh, and by the way - I run another special flavor of Linux which probably doesn't mean anything to you.

  • by dcavanaugh ( 248349 ) on Wednesday October 20, 2010 @08:57PM (#33968806) Homepage

    GAO contracts usually have a "most favored customer" clause, meaning that any better offer to another customer is automatically offered to the federal government. I wonder that such terms apply in this case.

  • Re:Poor New Yorkers! (Score:3, Interesting)

    by fermion ( 181285 ) on Wednesday October 20, 2010 @09:30PM (#33969052) Homepage Journal
    This just happened again the other day. Older version of MS Word on an older machine. I know that updates can loaded and filters can be installed, what I do not understand is why file formats cannot be made somewhat backwards compatible by establishing a system of conditional statements. Of course such a feature would only encourage people not to pay for upgrades, which would be very bad.

    Anyway Openoffice solved the problem. There are features that open office does not have, like collaboration, is handled by Google Docs. I had no problem paying MS money until the day when reliability was called into question.

  • Re:Clippy says: (Score:4, Interesting)

    by MobileTatsu-NJG ( 946591 ) on Thursday October 21, 2010 @12:14AM (#33969852)

    It looks like you're shilling for Microsoft. Would you like to:

    * Talk about how Microsoft solutions are enterprise ready
    * Bash Google and/or Apple for no apparent reason
    * Mention the hidden costs of open source
    * Cleverly forget to mention Microsoft disasters such as Bob, the Zune, Windows Mobile, or Vista

    Just once I would like to see a +5 accusation of shilling include a solid rebuttal.

  • Nah its not us (Score:3, Interesting)

    by voss ( 52565 ) on Thursday October 21, 2010 @12:14AM (#33969854)

    I wish Linux and openoffice had been the motivator. Google Apps and gmail
    is to be given credit for this one. Microsoft is scared s--tless of google apps because
    its catching on in the enterprise where Microsoft's bread and butter is. If
    lower tier workers can use google and google apps for 90% of their work then their bosses
    will figure out how to shift the other 10% on to others. It also deprives them of revenue
    from Outlook when google hosts email on their servers.

  • by Gadget_Guy ( 627405 ) * on Thursday October 21, 2010 @01:12AM (#33970150)

    I'm old enough to remember when Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Publisher, Project, Visio, and whatever else MS is bundling these days as "Office" were simply separate products, which anyone could buy individually.

    You still can buy them separately. I was just looking at a pricelist earlier today that showed Word, Excel, Outlook and Access as individual items. If you wanted more than one product then you were much better off buying the cheapest Office package.

  • Re:Clippy says: (Score:3, Interesting)

    by mcgrew ( 92797 ) * on Thursday October 21, 2010 @09:16AM (#33972512) Homepage Journal

    Not me. Over the past 30 years, I've gone from pro-MS to agnostic to "avoid when possible" based largely on their software. I just don't like being forced to do things "the Microsoft way". I don't like the way they change stuff from version to version for no apparent reason. I don't like the planned obsolescence. I don't like the way they handle security.

    I do like Excel -- or at least, I liked Excel 2000. Not so happy about 2003 or 2007, but Excel is still better from other spreadsheets I've tried. But that's about it.

Doubt isn't the opposite of faith; it is an element of faith. - Paul Tillich, German theologian and historian