Kato Mivule | January 6, 2010
I find the ‘Price Release’ strategy a little arrogant and outrageous given the current state of the global economy, especially when it comes to Africa. Millions of Clients around the world are expected to migrate from Office 2007 or 2003 for that matter and get onboard with Office 2010 at Microsoft’s terms.
Microsoft sets prices for forthcoming Office 2010 – Washington Post
“SEATTLE — Microsoft Corp. will sell four versions of its forthcoming Office 2010 software, due out in June, for prices ranging from $99 to $499. The company said Tuesday it will sell Office Home and Student edition, which comes with four core programs, Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote, for $149 as boxed software that can, as with previous versions, be installed on three computers in the home. A “Product Key Card,” which has a code to unlock one copy of Office 2010 pre-loaded on new PCs, costs $119. Microsoft will sell an education-only version, Office Professional Academic, through campus book stores and some retailers for $99. Besides the core programs, the academic version comes with the Outlook e-mail program, Publisher for desktop publishing and the Access database software…”
Some critics are giving Microsoft high marks because of the successful “flawless” launching of Windows 7 late last year. Though it might be true that Windows 7 had a successful début, many of Microsoft’s Clients had been waiting for almost a decade for a new operating system to replace Windows XP.
Clients were more than willing to put up with the flaws of Windows XP than purchase a bulky and disgusting Windows Vista Operating System. Yet the successful “flawless” launching of Windows 7 and almost simultaneous release of MS Office 2010 will not catapult the sales for Microsoft.
Already many in the corporate world are transitioning to OpenOffice.org and taking full advantage of Google’s version of online office products that seem to be getting better.
For one thing in Africa, Office 2010 will sit on shelves and OpenOffice and Google will make inroads at almost no costs apart from training and support.
Rather than pay 499 US Dollars for new MS Office 2010 professional, African IT heads would rather invest in training, support, and Internet Access at lower costs for OpenOffice and Google web office products.
Many in Africa still utilize MS Office 2003 and I do not think they see it fit to waste resources to purchase a new MS Office 2010 professional for 499 US Dollars.