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Windows 7 - Give Me a Reason

In a recent article in InfoWorld, Microsoft's Ballmer suggests (threatens?) that "Enterprise XP holdouts will get hell from users".  I disagree, for reasons I write about in an upcoming article.

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ComputerWorld: Will user interfaces be the downfall of Microsoft?

In his piece Michael Horowitz seems to echo many of the points I made in "Nobody Asked Me But... (What I Want in the next versions of Office and Windows) and a soon to be published piece:  Microsoft to Users:  You Need to “Survive” an Update.  I also began this topic in the summer of 2007, with a blog post entitled "Where's the Revolution?"

Michael takes a bit of a different slant but both of us, from the end user perspective rather than from Microsoft's, see the new versions as causing much grief and frustration with little in the way of real improvement.  By the way, I have no axe to grind; like many of you I am bonded with Microsoft and have no easy path to Mac or OpenSource.  But we all have a stake in not continuing the madness.

Here is the beginning of his piece: 

"Microsoft has made, what I think are, mistakes in changing the user interfaces on their two most important products, Windows and Office. Each is doing it's best to drive away existing customers. The techies at Microsoft seem to lack an understanding of the needs of normal people and thus may have started the company on its inevitable decline."

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CNET: Early Screenshots of Office 14

Various Microsoft enthusiast sites were buzzing on Thursday about purported screenshots of Office 14, which is in early testing.

A Russian site, wzor.net, put up a bunch of screenshots of the individual products that make up the suite, as well as an about page and start menu that seem to show a whole lot of Office 14 products are on the way.

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InfoWorld: Google Challenge to Office?

Interesting articles at InfoWorld about the challenge of Google Apps to the enterprise.

My question is how much Microsoft may be hurting itself by releasing new versions that make end users struggle to adapt.  In my opinion, Google Apps simplicity in addition to price may be its big attraction.

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InfoWorld: Resume Tips for Techies.

Tom Kanishige has written an in interesting piece on how to make your IT resume shine.  Good for New Years' resolutions.

Read it all.

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By Tom BunzelDecember 22, 2008
Topics: Other IT, Certification

InfoWorld: Recession Proof IT Jobs

Lisa Schmeiser has a short but interesting piece about which aspects of IT are still in high demand during the recession.

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By Tom BunzelDecember 22, 2008
Topics: Other IT, Certification

Microsoft PDC 2008: Commitment to Office Web Apps

While I wasn't able to make it to this year's Professional Developers Conference, I was interested in the potential evolution of the suite to encompass web applications.  Desire Athow of ITPortal.com provides an interesting overview of how this strategy was presented.

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IDG: Update: Microsoft to alpha test Office 14 before end of year

By Elizabeth Montalbano, IDG News Service - Blog posting by Microsoft employee calls for people to be part of a technology adoption program to test the monitoring and analytics components of Office PerformancePoint Server

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InfoWorld Study: IT jobs will drop in 2009

IT staff jobs are at increasing risk -- both for contractors and in-house workers -- according to a survey of top CIOs by Goldman, Sachs & Co released last week. Global services companies will also feel the pinch because of the slowing economy.

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From ITPro UK: Telegraph swaps Microsoft Office for Google Apps

the latest corporate customer for Google’s hosted office suite Google Apps Premier Edition.

The publisher of The Daily Telegraph will migrate 1,400 seats over to Google’s enterprise version of its business productivity software before the end of this year, after successfully completing a trial with 10 per cent of its users during May and June.

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CNET: Online Subscription Office Screen Shots and Info

Microsoft is offering an online version of Office along with OneCare security for $70/year - it's called Equipt and will be read later this month.

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ComputerWorld: Rumor of Office 14 in 2009 - Plus My Comments

There is a short article on the ComputerWorld web site about a reference to the next version of Office posted on an MS web site and later removed.

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