Love the vendor lock-in

It was pointed out to me that MS has a online site for small businesses under office live “brand”. It is apparently for SMEs to be able to get hosted services etc. One can get an account on it for free and begin to use it. Intrigued, I went to that site (which I shall not a href here for good reason), but it needed an account with “Mircosoft Office Live”. Not having one, I tried to signup and viola:

“To use Microsoft Office Live, your computer must meet one of the following requirements:

* Microsoft Internet Explorer 6 or later, running on Microsoft Windows XP, Windows Vista, or Windows Server 2003. You can download the latest version of Internet Explorer from the Windows Internet Explorer page.

* Firefox 2.0, running on Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, Windows Vista, or Mac OS X 10.2.x and later. You can download Firefox 2.0 from the Firefox Download page.”

Another bizarre bit of trivia on that site. At the bottom left, there is a link to “Accessibility” which says that among other things:

“Further information
Go to the Microsoft Accessibility site for information about the efforts at Microsoft to create software and services that are accessible to everyone.”

I guess the “everyone” referenced is “eveyone running Windows”.

Nice. First you lock in the SME with an OS, then bait them with free resources, then you smother them with dependencies every nook and corner.

Why would I *trust* MS to hold *my* data, let alone my company’s data? They will probably never let me take my data out and even if they did, it would be in a broken ooxml format.


About harishpillay

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