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st: software licensing fees (was Picketing StataCorp)


From   "Christopher W. Ryan" <cryan@binghamton.edu>
To   <statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu>
Subject   st: software licensing fees (was Picketing StataCorp)
Date   Wed, 12 Feb 2003 18:39:06 -0500

Hope no one minds a minor digression, but if you can relate to the sentiment 
below, as I can, you may want to check out OpenOffice.org, an open-source 
office suite that does all the same things MSOffice does, and then some.  Based 
on Sun's Star Office.  No fees, ever.
-- 
Christopher W. Ryan, MD
SUNY Upstate Medical University Clinical Campus at Binghamton
and Wilson Family Practice Residency
40 Arch Street, Johnson City, NY  13790
cryan@binghamton.edu
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sea."  [Antoine de St. Exupery]



>
>There is a disturbing movement in the software industry to move from
>"software as product" to "software as service". The annual
>subscription is a
>waypoint toward that final industry goal. Its a business model
>intended to
>suck more money out of the market and stabilize cash flow between
>upgrades,
>while at the same time reducing pressure on the big software
>companies to
>actually develop new useful features that make upgrades worth
>buying. E.g.,
>other than a prettier interface, what major improvement has there
>been
>between MS Office 95 and MS Office XP? And yet in most cases if you
>buy a
>computer from a major manufacturer you will be paying for the Office
>upgrade
>in the purchase price. Personally, I think (hope?) the "software-as-
>service"
>model will be killed by natural selection. Maybe that will benefit
>smaller
>start-ups.


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