“It’s coming, here it is.” “That’s not it.” “Yes it is.” “No it’s not, but we didn’t say it’s not coming.” “A Microsoft employee showed it to us.” “No they didn’t, you’re mistaken.” “No we’re not.” “Stay tuned.”
Interesting post on gdgt about how free — as in free beer — software may be killing off the commercial software market and how this trend intersects with Apple’s launch of the Mac App Store.
The real issue with the desktop software market is that (unless you’re talking about productivity software) there just isn’t all that much consumers need to buy anymore. The boxed software business didn’t die because of app stores, it died because of an overabundance of great programs that are free, open, or otherwise subsidized that are available through other web or internet services. To put it another way: lately, how often have your parents bought software for their computer (that wasn’t Microsoft Office)?
I still don’t have a compelling reason for a Word processor, spreadsheet or presentation package so Google Docs is good enough for me.
Look Out, Microsoft Office… « Caitlyn Imburgo: “When you look at just how much value iWork ‘08 provides when compared to Microsoft Office, you then realize just how much of a steal its price is. Apple has priced iWork ‘08 at $79 for a single license of the suite. Educational licenses are $71 and family 5-packs are $99. Compare that to Microsoft Office 2004 for Mac, which costs a whopping $400 for a Standard edition and $150 for an educational 5-pack edition. Apple has really priced iWork ‘08 really aggressively, which really helps to tie the knot on a really attractive software package.”