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Re: [tdf-discuss] Re: Is Microsoft getting worried about free Office suites?


On 28 November 2011 12:13, Pedro <pedlino@gmail.com> wrote:


Ian Lynch wrote

Google should do a version of Office based on the
OOo/LibO code base and embed ads and search links, make it available
freely
and brand it Google Office.  Given their brand strength and marketing,
that
would probably do more to frighten MS than anything we can do. Slightly
surprised they haven't already done it.


Interesting concept. But I think they are investing a lot on the "Cloud"
with the Chrome Book laptops that investing time on an offline suite
doesn't
make much sense...


It might if it makes money for them :-)


In the same line of thought: Google Docs is fine in the "Developed"
countries where working in the "Cloud" is a reality. This is not so for
more
than 2/3 of the world's population
(http://www.internetworldstats.com/stats.htm)


Except that access to broad band is increasing with Africa having the
highest rate of increase in access to mobile telephones. Cloud has the
potential to radically reduce costs of education in the developing world.
We recently did a trial of the INGOTs in Kenya with satellite links and
bussing computers to schools often with no electricity. Basically it worked
and the potential savings in paper and books alone could pay for a
broadband connection. When mobile computing devices get below $100 the
entire economics of the developing world will change. Of course a lot of
second hand hardware will find its way out there and I doubt any of these
will pay 10s of dollars, never mind 100s for MS Office on them.


I do believe that currently LibreOffice is the leading alternative to MS
Office (but would love to see some numbers :) )


It certainly is on Linux. On Windows I'm not sure. On the Cloud, its
Google. That is why MS is looking at new ways of gaining income.



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