04.22.09

Gemini version available ♊︎

MS-OOXML Upgrade Treadmill

Posted in Apple, GNU/Linux, Microsoft, Office Suites, Open XML, OpenDocument, OpenOffice at 3:43 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Pink fitness centre

Summary: Paying several times for the same competition-intolerant software

THE REASON the title states “MS-OOXML” and not “OOXML” is that Microsoft has never implemented OOXML (nor will it ever). Microsoft has several variants of OOXML and Microsoft’s Mac version of OOXML is different from the Windows version (they are not mutually compatible [1, 2]).

It is always valuable to remind people that software like Oracle OpenOffice.org (OOOo) does not just spare the cost of one copy of Microsoft Office. With Free software, upgrades are free, whereas with Microsoft Office, multiple purchases of the same software are required over time. This is famously known as the “upgrade treadmill,” which very much depends on different versions of the same software being incompatible; then, using the network effect, forced upgrades can be spurred and imposed all around. This is one of the key reasons to avoid OOXML and steer towards formats that do not change to promote the business agenda of one company.

There is a timely new report in The Inquirer:

Microsoft kills off support for MacOffice 2004

[...]

Users will have to upgrade to Office 2008 for Mac.

How much will that cost and what will be the gain? The ribbon? The bloat?

According to this report from Mary Jo Foley, the new economic depression has people wake up.

Report: Customers scrutinizing Microsoft license agreements more than ever

[...]

“There’s a perfect storm brewing,” said Directions analyst Paul DeGroot. “Customers are looking at licensing harder than ever before. And volume licenses are critical to Microsoft’s well-being. When people don’t renew, Microsoft loses immediate revenue. But these customers might not be back for two to three years,” leading to more substantial losses for the Redmond software maker.

Thanks to the reader who sent us this pointer. Now is a great time for businesses to prepare a migration plan to GNU/Linux, which contains wonderful office suites that comply with international standards. No version of Microsoft Office has that invaluable feature.

Share in other sites/networks: These icons link to social bookmarking sites where readers can share and discover new web pages.
  • Reddit
  • email

Decor ᶃ Gemini Space

Below is a Web proxy. We recommend getting a Gemini client/browser.

Black/white/grey bullet button This post is also available in Gemini over at this address (requires a Gemini client/browser to open).

Decor ✐ Cross-references

Black/white/grey bullet button Pages that cross-reference this one, if any exist, are listed below or will be listed below over time.

Decor ▢ Respond and Discuss

Black/white/grey bullet button If you liked this post, consider subscribing to the RSS feed or join us now at the IRC channels.

5 Comments

  1. whatever said,

    April 22, 2009 at 6:12 am

    Gravatar

    Let’s see if you post this, since it won’t agree with your agenda:

    Office 2004 for Mac was released 6 years ago. Six. It was released for PowerPCs and never ran well on Intel systems (which is what Apple started selling 3 and a half years ago). Office 2008 came out last year, actually runs on new machines well, and is more compatible with cross-platform formats.

    Criticize MS for a myriad of things, but ending support on a six year old piece of software that runs poorly on every Mac sold in the last three and a half years and that has a viable sucessor out and in the market for more than 12 months is just stupid.

    Most Mac-based businesses upgraded to Office 2008 already and only have 2004 for ancient G3-era machines.

  2. Roy Schestowitz said,

    April 22, 2009 at 6:19 am

    Gravatar

    Your argument is a straw man.

    The point made is that upgrades are often forced and are not free.

    Balrog Reply:

    Office 2008 for Mac is probably one of the better upgrades. Even though it is bloated, MS did not put the ribbon in the Mac version (probably because Mac users would not like it), and therefore is quite different from Office 2007. A main concern for users of Office is that 2008 for Mac drops VBA support, in favor of AppleScript.

    Even so, 2008 is just an incremental upgrade to 2004, and forcing and upgrade isn’t very good, IMHO. This will just get more people to switch to OOXML, as well as iWork.

  3. Balrog said,

    April 22, 2009 at 2:21 pm

    Gravatar

    Switch to OpenOffice, I meant. Sorry ….

  4. Roy Schestowitz said,

    April 22, 2009 at 2:27 pm

    Gravatar

    Open Office != Office Open.

    Microsoft did this intentionally.

DecorWhat Else is New


  1. Links 18/1/2022: GNOME 42 Alpha and KStars 3.5.7

    Links for the day



  2. IRC Proceedings: Monday, January 17, 2022

    IRC logs for Monday, January 17, 2022



  3. Links 17/1/2022: More Microsoft-Connected FUD Against Linux as Its Share Continues to Fall

    Links for the day



  4. The GUI Challenge

    The latest article from Andy concerns the Command Line Challenge



  5. Links 17/1/2022: digiKam 7.5.0 and GhostBSD 22.01.12 Released

    Links for the day



  6. IRC Proceedings: Sunday, January 16, 2022

    IRC logs for Sunday, January 16, 2022



  7. Links 17/1/2022: postmarketOS 21.12 Service Pack 1 and Mumble 1.4 Released

    Links for the day



  8. [Meme] Gemini Space (or Geminispace): From 441 Working Capsules to 1,600 Working Capsules in Just 12 Months

    Gemini space now boasts 1,600 working capsules, a massive growth compared to last January, as we noted the other day (1,600 is now official)



  9. [Meme] European Patent Office Space

    The EPO maintains a culture of illegal surveillance, inherited from Benoît Battistelli and taken to a whole new level by António Campinos



  10. Gemini Rings (Like Webrings) and Shared Spaces in Geminspace

    Much like the Web of 20+ years ago, Gemini lets online communities — real communities (not abused tenants, groomed to be ‘monetised’ like in Facebook or Flickr) — form networks, guilds, and rings



  11. Links 16/1/2022: Latte Dock 0.11 and librest 0.9.0

    Links for the day



  12. The Corporate Cabal (and Spy Agencies-Enabled Monopolies) Engages in Raiding of the Free Software Community and Hacker Culture

    In an overt attack on the people who actually did all the work — the geeks who built excellent software to be gradually privatised through the Linux Foundation (a sort of price-fixing and openwashing cartel for shared interests of proprietary software firms) — is receiving more widespread condemnation; even the OSI has been bribed to become a part-time Microsoft outsourcer as organisations are easier to corrupt than communities



  13. EPO's Web Site Constantly Spammed by Lies About Privacy While EPO Breaks the Law and Outsources Data to the United States

    The António Campinos-led EPO works for imperialism, it not only protects the rich; sadly, António’s father isn’t alive anymore and surely he would blast his son for doing what he does to progress his career while lying to staff and European citizens



  14. Links 16/1/2022: Tsunami and Patents

    Links for the day



  15. IRC Proceedings: Saturday, January 15, 2022

    IRC logs for Saturday, January 15, 2022



  16. Links 16/1/2022: Year of the GNU/Linux Desktop and Catch-up With Patent Misinformation

    Links for the day



  17. Patrick Breyer, Unlike Most German Politicians, Highlights the Fact That Unified Patent Court (UPC) and Unitary Patent Are Incompatible With EU Law

    A longtime critic of EPO abuses (under both Benoît Battistelli and António Campinos leadership), as well as a vocal critic of software patents, steps in to point out the very obvious



  18. Links 15/1/2022: Flameshot 11.0 and Libvirt 8.0

    Links for the day



  19. Blogging and Microblogging in Geminispace With Gemini Protocol

    Writing one’s thoughts and other things in Geminispace — even without setting up a Gemini server — is totally possible; gateways and services do exist for this purpose



  20. Links 15/1/2022: Raspberry Pi in Business

    Links for the day



  21. IRC Proceedings: Friday, January 14, 2022

    IRC logs for Friday, January 14, 2022



  22. Gemini Clients: Comparing Moonlander, Telescope, Amfora, Kristall, and Lagrange (Newer and Older)

    There are many independent implementations of clients (similar to Web browsers) that deal with Gemini protocol and today we compare them visually, using Techrights as a test case/capsule



  23. 2022 Starts With Censorship of Christmas and Other Greetings at the EPO

    The nihilists who run the EPO want a monopoly on holiday greetings; to make matters worse, they’re censoring staff representatives in their intranet whilst inconsistently applying said policies



  24. Links 14/1/2022: FFmpeg 5.0 and Wine 7.0 RC6

    Links for the day



  25. White House Asking Proprietary Software Companies That Add NSA Back Doors About Their Views on 'Open Source' Security

    The US government wants us to think that in order to tackle security issues we need to reach out to the collective 'wisdom' of the very culprits who created the security mess in the first place (even by intention, for imperialistic objectives)



  26. Links 14/1/2022: EasyOS 3.2.1 and Qt 6.3 Alpha

    Links for the day



  27. Scientific Excellence and the Debian Social Contract

    The Debian Project turns 30 next year; in spite of it being so ubiquitous (most of the important distros of GNU/Linux are based on Debian) it is suffering growing pains and some of that boils down to corporate cash and toxic, deeply divisive politics



  28. Links 14/1/2022: openSUSE Leap 15.2 EoL, VFX Designers Are Using GNU/Linux

    Links for the day



  29. IRC Proceedings: Thursday, January 13, 2022

    IRC logs for Thursday, January 13, 2022



  30. 2022 Commences With Microsoft-Themed (and Microsoft-Connected) FUD Against GNU/Linux

    A psychopathic Microsoft, aided by operatives inside the mainstream and so-called 'tech' media, keeps spreading old and invalid stigma about "Linux" and Free software; few people still bother responding to these fact-free FUD campaigns, which boil down to ‘perception management’ PR/propaganda


RSS 64x64RSS Feed: subscribe to the RSS feed for regular updates

Home iconSite Wiki: You can improve this site by helping the extension of the site's content

Home iconSite Home: Background about the site and some key features in the front page

Chat iconIRC Channel: Come and chat with us in real time

Recent Posts