[LINK] Microsoft .Net plans
Tue, 28 Nov 2000 14:40:30 +1000
How about that?
So people don't want to swap ownership for rental, surprise surprise!
For both software and for books, I'm still trying to understand why I would
give up my rights - my right to own the thing I've paid for, the right to
give it as a gift, the right to read it in a year's time even if the
publisher no longer exists - in exchange for rental.
That's especially so when the right conferred by owning a book incurs almost
no responsibilities. I don't, for eg, have to ensure that my
next-door-neighbour never photocopies pages one to 229 inclusive. I don't
have to fill out an intrusive registration form to get the book - I can just
call in at a Dymocks and pay. And so on.
I think it's time for that debate to hit mainstream: are we right to accept
"right of access" as a substitution for "right of property"?
> -----Original Message-----
> From: stephen loosley [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
> Sent: Tuesday, 28 November 2000 12:08
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> Subject: [LINK] Microsoft .Net plans
> Hello there,
> It appears Microsoft's .Net vision is a little blurry ..
> Monday November 27 03:16 PM EST
> Hosted Office Apps a Hard Sell for Microsoft
> By Peter Galli, eWEEK
> Microsoft corp. is fighting an uphill battle getting
> customers to buy into its .Net vision, as well as the way of
> receiving software that goes along with that strategy.
> The Redmond, Wash., company is encountering significant user
> resistance to the hosted Office Online initiative, one of the
> first tangible aspects of .Net. Microsoft's .Net plan is
> attempting to migrate software from a desktop-based focus to
> one that provides software services over the Internet. Office
> Online, launched a year ago, allows users to access Office
> 2000 applications as a hosted service. The company has so far
> given some 20 ASPs (application service providers) the right
> to host the software.
> But user support has been patchy, Microsoft officials
> admitted, particularly given the associated cost, the need to
> be connected to the Web, and that users' sensitive files are
> stored remotely..
> Lisa Gurry, product manager for Office, promised that the
> demand for this service will grow as the Internet continues
> to develop over the next few years. By the time the .Net
> version of Office, code-named NetDocs (slated for 2003,
> sources said), becomes available, the market will be far more
> receptive to hosted desktop software, Gurry said.
> Microsoft is also testing the waters with its new
> subscription model for Office 10, the next version of the
> full desktop suite, but there is no guarantee that this will
> fly with users either.
> Dan Kusnetzky, an analyst at International Data Corp., in
> Framingham, Mass., said Microsoft had been casting about for
> some time trying to find a new and sustainable revenue model
> as it tried to move away from its reliance on software
> upgrade sales to grow income. "It is now touting the
> subscription model, but it is uncertain whether corporates,
> small business and individual users will buy into it in any
> meaningful way," Kusnetzky said.
> Cheers all ..
> Stephen Loosley