Google Is So Serious About Software, It's Charging for It
Google has been nibbling around the edges of Microsoft's huge Office market
with free, low-end, Web-based software. Now, the online giant is kicking into
high gear, with software
that is actually worth money
For $50 per person, per year, you can get an Office equivalent (or at the least
the same basic range of apps) along with calendaring. And you get 10 gigs of
Google storage. Whadda you think? Have you used earlier Google apps? Does this
model make sense for corporate America? Let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Not So Fast, Google
Before going gaga over Google's goods, keep in mind that Google has security
holes like everyone else. Just last week, Google
announced it had to fix a major hole in its Desktop Search tool (which I
can't live without).
If left unpatched, the hole could let hackers see your files, like the password.doc
file that holds all your passwords!
As for the Google productivity suite, I would be concerned about having my
files stored remotely. If I'm going to lose all my work, I want it to be my
No Surprise Here: Cuba Loves Open Source
Cuba is giving
Microsoft the heave-ho and moving as fast as humanly possible (or as fast
as a slow-moving communist government can) toward open source. Besides thumbing
its nose at the capitalist Microsoft, Fidel apparently believes that Microsoft
products present a real security threat, that somehow Redmond is in cahoots
with the U.S. to spy on Cuba through secret software hooks.
Doug's Mailbag: Lost in Licensing
Microsoft recently made
some improvements to its licensing tools, but that doesn't make licensing
any less complicated. Here's one reader's take on the issue:
It's not just MS. I've been very recently through open license nightmares
with Symantec and Adobe, too. I've have wasted over a dozen hours dealing
with their corporate BS. I'm self-employed, and at my billing rate of $130
per hour, that equals a lot of un-billable time out of my pocket.
I'm done with open licensing.
Here's your chance to speak out. Leave a comment below or contact me at email@example.com.
Doug Barney is editor in chief of Redmond magazine and the VP, editorial director of Redmond Media Group.