Originally Posted by AngusYoung
So, let me get this straight (if I can read through the BS)...
You not only run MS Office but MS OS XP or 7. That's putting even a bigger smile on Steve Balmer's face. You can't make it in the real world without Microsoft.
I'll call BS on All MS software is Free for you. Where do you attend your education?
Not even MIS/Government gets software MS software for free. It was either included in your tuition or you are not telling the truth.
Care to supply the school, link for free software for students and date purchased?
Bill Gates gives Billions to charity but not to higher education. That is unless you're graduating grade school, it may be possible.
Jeez, dude. It's not that hard to understand English. Yes, TANSTAAFL of course, but yes it's not that hard to believe an institution making a deal with MS for licenses for its students, all paid for by tuition and the football program. I kid about the football program. A little. A good football program makes lots of money. I kid.
Anyways, in this scenario, MS Office student licenses would be "free" to the students even though it is likely buried in tuition fees somewhere. MS likely also gives them a sweetheart volume deal just like Apple does on laptops and iPod touches and soon iPad.
MS Office is basically a monopoly and an IT requirement for basically all institutions. Everyone uses Office: Mac because it provides the best compatibility and meets IT "Office" software requirements. And let me tell you, Mac Office 2008 and 2004 are some of the crappiest pieces of software you'll fine on the Mac outside of Adobe apps which are almost like malware. It's also unfortunate the Adobe essentially has a monopolist position on PDF. If the quality of these software isn't a sign of monopolies having no competitive pressures to improve their products I don't know what is. Office is so bad that it's easier and faster to run Windows in a VM and use Windows Office. It's just this year and maybe next year for Adobe's CS that they'll have Cocoa based Office and CS after 10 freaking years of Apple trying to convince them to switch.
Not knocking it too much. If it wasn't for those two continuing to support Mac OS X, Apple wouldn't be alive today. It took a lot of cajoling though.
As for Schwartz, yes, big business is a litigious one. I believe him as I think he and Jobs go way back and would be on cell phone terms. Heck, Sun, Apple, and MS go way way back and they all know each other, executives, engineers, secretaries, etc. Schwartz ended up being an incompetent CEO though. Outside of selling servers, Schwartz didn't seem to understand how to make money. When Linux/x86 and NT/x86 servers undercut them, Sun was toast. The rest of their strategy seemed to have been spending billions of dollars on Java and giving it away. Hell Java itself threatened Sun's server business and Sun basically knifed their own baby.