Microsoft's Licensing Model (sigh)

Written by Richard Lowe

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Now, withrepparttar impending release of Windows XP andrepparttar 133590 release of Office XP, it has, believe it or not, got even more confusing.

Take a deep breath and see if you can follow this. We purchased some 500 copies of Office 95, which we upgraded to Office 97, then upgraded to Office 2000. We looked carefully at Office XP and quickly decided we did not want to install it on any of our systems. We are happy with Office 2000.

However, we might want to upgrade torepparttar 133591 version of Office following that, or evenrepparttar 133592 one after that (Microsoft seems to be releasing a new version every couple of years). Inrepparttar 133593 past, we would simply pay an upgrade fee to go from wherever we were torepparttar 133594 new version.

No more. Now, we have to purchase what is basically upgrade insurance by a particular deadline (it was September but this seems to have been moved to February). We also have to pay to upgrade everything to Office XP atrepparttar 133595 same time. If we do not do this, we will wind up paying over 200% more if we decide to upgrade at some point inrepparttar 133596 future.

Okay, so Microsoft is forcing us to pay now for a product which we may or may not want inrepparttar 133597 future. Personally, I believe they know that Office XP is not a product which most people want - in fact, I don't know of any system manager anywhere who is even considering upgrading torepparttar 133598 new version. Why not? The user interface is significantly different (requiring retraining),repparttar 133599 performance is poor (requires more hardware to operate) andrepparttar 133600 benefits TO THE USER are completely nonexistent.

It gets worse. We have decided to go ahead and getrepparttar 133601 upgrade insurance and upgrade our product on paper. However, we definitely do not want to install Office XP on any machine at any time. Thus, we simply want to makerepparttar 133602 purchase to retain our rights to upgrades inrepparttar 133603 future.

We are allowed to installrepparttar 133604 older versions as much as we want underrepparttar 133605 terms ofrepparttar 133606 license agreements as long as we purchase enough licenses ofrepparttar 133607 new version to cover it all. So we went to purchase Office XP Professional, then found ourselves in an interesting position.

We originally boughtrepparttar 133608 Professional edition because we wanted Publisher. Unfortunately, Microsoft has decided to remove Publisher from Office XP Professional (in fact, they have also removed Frontpage - no huge loss considering that Frontpage XP is not an improvement over 2000).

This introduced lots of confusion intorepparttar 133609 picture. After much study and hours of phone discussions with Microsoft, we determined that we could install Office Professional 2000 with Publisher for each ofrepparttar 133610 Office Professional XP licenses that we purchased. If, however, we did upgrade to Office Professional XP, then we would need to purchase one additional Publisher license per machine.

It would be so much easier if we could just purchase 500 licenses for Word, 500 for Excel and 500 for Publisher. We would be happy to purchase a maintenance agreement forrepparttar 133611 whole mix. We don't need Access or PowerPoint, yet due torepparttar 133612 way Microsoft has it all structured we have to purchase licenses for them. Sigh.

Now I have to go figure out how to upgrade and license my Windows NT and Windows 2000 machines. It's enough to make me look intorepparttar 133613 mirror to see if I have any more gray hairs.

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Real Life Internet Evil: Microsoft's Smart Tags

Written by Richard Lowe

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As an example, suppose you bought a book through a book club. Before it was shipped to you, someone openedrepparttar book and examined every single page, adding comments here and there about how you could purchase this or get more information about that. You would be very annoyed if you wererepparttar 133589 author, you'd probably be livid if you wererepparttar 133590 publisher ofrepparttar 133591 book, and you'd almost certainly return it if you wererepparttar 133592 customer.

Carefully crafted web pages whose look and feel has been lovingly built for countless hours by dedicated designers, authors, artists and webmasters would be randomly covered with trash by a company intent on siphoning away visitors to their own sites and pages.

And what aboutrepparttar 133593 problem of inappropriate content? Suppose you had a site which was against animal cruelty, yet Smart Tags went ahead and added to your pages links to other sites which sold muzzles for horses? You wouldn't like that very much, would you?

Another problem is that Smart Tags are "opt-out". This meansrepparttar 133594 tags are inserted unless you (the webmaster orrepparttar 133595 user) indicate that you do not want them. Opt-Out isrepparttar 133596 preferred method of removal for many advertisers because they understand that most people will not bother to remove themselves fromrepparttar 133597 list. Opt-in isrepparttar 133598 preferred method of most consumers because then they receive only what they have requested.

Webmasters can keep smart tags from working on their site by including a special "opt-out" metatag inrepparttar 133599 header of each and every page. I highly recommend that all webmasters include this tag to prevent smart tags from operating.

As soon as Smart Tags appeared in a beta release of Windows XP,repparttar 133600 furor began. It was awesome to see. Microsoft was hit from all sides by just about everyone, because their intentions were so transparent and so blatantly monopolistic that evenrepparttar 133601 most conservative could see what they were up to. The dangers caused a flood of protests to be received byrepparttar 133602 giant company, so many that Microsoft was forced to removerepparttar 133603 feature from their products.

"As a result of smart tags in beta versions of Windows XP and IE, we received lots of feedback, and have realized that there is a need to better balancerepparttar 133604 user experience withrepparttar 133605 legitimate concerns of content providers and web sites," Microsoft said in a statement on June 28th, 2001.

Keep an eye on Microsoft, however, because they also added, "Microsoft remains committed to this type of technology, and will work closely with content providers and partners inrepparttar 133606 industry inrepparttar 133607 coming months to further refine how it can be used."

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