CNN is supposed to be a professional news outlet. But even the editors and writers at CNN’s Fortune desk are no match for Microsoft’s’ Stupid-Ray Gun.
This piece is virtually giddy about the fact that the next version of Microsoft Office will be just like Google Office. Free and on line .
Now, think about that for five seconds and imagine yourself to be a writer for CNN. Do you actually believe that Microsoft Office is going to be available for free? Like, me, Greg Laden, can just decide “Oh, I’ve had enough of Google Docs … I’m going to switch to the online version of Microsoft Office instead. It’s free!!!” … and then I sign up for an account and I have this on line free service and no money has changed hands?
If you believe that, I’ve got a bridge over some swamp land in Florida that comes with it’s own Nigerian Bank account that I’d love to sell you.
From the CNN piece, which was obviously either written by a moron or a paid Microsoft consultant:
Get this: Microsoft – the king of paid software – will announce today that it is going to give a version of Office away for free online. Both the online and desktop versions are scheduled to arrive in the first half of next year. Yes, you read that right. The latest version of its ubiquitous productivity software, dubbed Office 2010, will come as both a piece of software you can buy for your computer, and as a service you can access in your browser.
A little unclear on the concept of making it clear.
So, to make it clear: If you PURCHASE (with money) Microsoft Office, then you will under certain conditions be allowed to use a scaled down version of a subset of Office features in a browser.
Gee, I wonder which browser this wonderful new on line service will be compatible with? I wonder which browser it will work with? (Answer: IE and Firefox, respectively.) [update: The most recent information from M$ says that their software will "support" Firefox and Safari as well as IE. Expect .... expected features.]