Oh, no, not The Register - New comment on 10,000 More Microsofties - What Do They Do?
Bill Buchan has left a new comment on your post "10,000 More Microsofties - What Do They Do?":
Amusingly, I'm seeing articles:
that state that you cannot upgrade to
Who on earth is still running Windows 2000? As the article says, about 50% of business users out there.
Who now have to "rip and replace" to ugprade.
So why not "rip and replace" to OpenOffice and Linux ?
I take your point about cost to purchase being low, and TCO being the influencing factor. Am I alone in thinking that its easier to manage a bunch of Linux desktops en-masse than a bunch of Windows desktops ?
And how better to learn than to save money on license upgrades and assurance by switching to free software, eh ?
You'll have to train the users (especially "older" dinosaur users on win2k + office 97) in any case..
Its a shame. MS are in the cusp between "old evil Microsoft" with the '80s business model, and the "new cuddly on-line MS" which hasnt actually got off the ground yet.
(And amusingly Balmer is "old", and Ozzie is "new" MS. Must make for interesting meetings)
Shame its a long time coming - giving the ABM community much more time and ammunitition...
And lastly - you'd think with another 10k MS employees, they'd ship Visual Studio 2003 SP1 ? No. Still hanging on there - three years late.
So what are those 10k people doing ? All writing blogs about how cool this new stuff is ? Wasnt Scoble meant to do that - distract customers from the "now" and sell "the future" ?
(Sorry, Bill, I've finally learned that anything that quotes The Register doesn't have much in the way of balance in mind for discussing a Microsoft issue.)