September 18, 2007


I.B.M. to Offer Office Software Free in Challenge to Microsoft’s Line (STEVE LOHR, 9/18/07, NY Times)

I.B.M. plans to mount its most ambitious challenge in years to Microsoft’s dominance of personal computer software, by offering free programs for word processing, spreadsheets and presentations.

The company is announcing the desktop software, called I.B.M. Lotus Symphony, at an event today in New York. The programs will be available as free downloads from the I.B.M. Web site.

We're holding out until one of them offers to pay us to use their product.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 18, 2007 2:52 PM

That would be Google, or are you not paying attention?

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at September 18, 2007 5:13 PM

Apple just cut the price of their pro audio software in half, and they eliminated a dongle that has proven uncrackable.

My wife and I thought the software was a good deal when we bought it two years ago, but Apple seems to be going for world domination. The fact that you need a Macintosh to run it doesn't hurt, I'm sure, but I've had them since the good old 128k Mac (which still runs!)

Posted by: Randall Voth at September 18, 2007 6:35 PM

I think I may be typical of most post teen computer users.
I have MSF Word '03,conned from Dell for $35, but only because it gives me the best email/calender/scheduling tool, Outlook.
I could post a video to youtube, tho' why I'd want to is a big question, I can hector Instapundit on errors until he calls me a "prick" in a email, I can burn preview copies of CD's for those in the know.
Most everything bloggers think is important about programs really isn't to the average user.
If you're using MSF Word to it's full capabilities in a non-work related capacity, you have even less of a life than I do, and that is truly pitiful.

Posted by: Mike at September 18, 2007 9:18 PM

I used Lotus 123 in a former life. It cost about $600 over 25 years ago. Somebody stole my copy and the college had to buy me a new one.

Very poor marketing strategy and clumsy to use, but we didn't know better in those days.

I'd gladly go back to Apple. We switched to a PC long ago because we had so much trouble with accounting programs.
I hope something good shakes out before my laptop goes south for the last time. I still have no idea what I'll do for a replacement.

Posted by: erp [TypeKey Profile Page] at September 18, 2007 10:31 PM