Mailbag: Lost in Licensing
Confused about Microsoft
? You're not alone. Robert is, too -- and he thinks that's all
part of the plan:
I agree with your conclusion: Microsoft's volume licensing is complex
and made so intentionally. While I've attended several MS workshops on licensing,
in the end I find myself asking the Microsoft salesperson what I should purchase
after explaining my needs. The move to sell he software disks separate from
the license has always elicited a raised eyebrow from my clients and invariably
generates an ambience of distrust of the corporation's marketing division.
My target community has always been the non-profit sector. While discounts
are available to this market, that does not change the situation.
Count Hans as one of those who think Microsoft would be better off trying to
improve itself than
buying up Yahoo:
I think Ballmer should be more concerned about his company (Microsoft)
producing bug-free, high-quality products rather than trying to bully his
way into another company. In my opinion, Ballmer, Icahn, et al should pursue
other ventures such as may be currently on the drawing board at MS.
Readers chime in on Internet
Explorer security, and why it is the way it is:
Until IE is severed from the OS, it will never be more than a convenient
gateway for malicious coders into the core OS.
There's a good reason why IE was built into the operating system: help
files, which are fundamentally hypertext. Before HTML became popular, help
files (.HLP) were often produced using a set of Word macros (or you needed
some other way to make some weird markup in an .RTF file). A .HLP file was
hard to produce and check, so a lot of applications shipped without online
When HTML became popular, it became much easier to make hypertext files,
and MS suddenly found lots of people using and making them. When it introduced
the newer compiled HTML help files (CHM), the developers could use their choice
of HTML editor and have all the links checked, eliminating many problems with
the old .HLP files. Third-party developers could reasonably make online help
-- even if they rarely do. But in order to use HTML as your online help format,
you need to make sure there's an HTML reader, and that it works as expected.
So you almost need to embed some sort of HTML reader into the OS.
And finally, at least two of you weren't offended by that Nick
I will keep this short and simple. I understand political correctness;
don't offend people. But where do you draw the line? Did anyone die as a result
of your joke? No. I laughed and enjoyed it. Tell an apple what it is: an apple.
I agree with you 100 percent. Chris needs to learn that the truth may
be painful, especially if you are a fan of crap TV and bullsh*t celebrities.
They are scum.
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Posted by Doug Barney on July 10, 2008 at 11:52 AM