Thursday, October 06, 2005

Google declares war on Microsoft

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"GOOGLE HAS confirmed that it will launch free spreadsheet and word-processing software online and take on Microsoft in one of its biggest markets.

Under the deal, Google will allow web users to access Sun's OpenOffice from a toolbar.

Sun's Australian spokesman Paul O'Connor bubbled that the deal was a wake-up call for Microsoft:

'At the moment most people are used to having to pay for software packages, but at the end of the day, the value is in the content and services – not in the software itself,' he said."


No duh! I don't know how many times I've gotten into it with people over intellectual property and so-called "piracy" who lamely conclude their arguments with the bold economic assertion (stated in a tragically pained, kind of whiney voice): "But without copyright, how will software developers make any money?"

Hello people, ever heard of World of Warcraft? Everquest? Google? Trying to own the bits is moronic, the value-added is in service and support.

2 comments:

ADevoe said...

I think it's so funny how people whine about Microsoft's monopoly...so this entity is going to give away free software, but even Windows can be found on the web for free nowadays. I think free software is a moot point now, realistically. Some call it pirating, some call it file sharing--whatever the name, having a monopoly on something, especially software, is literally impossible in today's cyber-age...I just don't understand the paranoia behind a release of free software!

J. Willard Curtis said...

The entrenched industries fear the future, because it means [gasp] that they might have to adapt their business models to conform to the market instead of vice versa.