What if – Microsoft Doesn’t Make it..?

I had an interesting conversation with someone at the office today who asked about the MS reorg and some Surface pricing changes – What happens if Microsoft shuts down?

msreorg

Its an interesting question, and one that made me, as well as some people around me and my friend, shudder – What if Microsoft doesn’t fare well after the reorg and everything continues to tank for them?  More than 80% of the world’s enterprises run on Microsoft clients and servers. What would happen if they just evaporated?

Now, I don’t want anyone to panic.  This isn’t very likely to happen, so don’t go getting your undies in a bunch.  However, when you start looking at how many businesses run MS software – servers, clients, middleware – it’s a legitimate question.  Where does the world turn if Microsoft and Windows dies?

Yeah… I’m at a bit of a loss too. I have no idea what viable alternatives are REALLY out there.  Now, assuming Microsoft is TOTALLY out of the picture (again, possible, but not probable…for now), some companies would likely adopt the same strategy with Windows 7 as they did with Windows XP and ride it as long as they could, hiring as many software engineers and developers to patch their enterprise implementation of the OS for all their clients as necessary. They’d have to do their own security patches, as again, MS wouldn’t necessarily be around 5-7 years from the finalization of their demise.

Thankfully, the problems at the OS level aren’t there when it comes to a productivity suite (meaning, Office).  There are many alternatives available, despite the fact that Office is the defacto choice at this time.  Things like LibreOffice, OpenOffice.org, and SoftMaker Office offer free or affordable, robust alternatives to Microsoft’s classic office suite, without imposing online, subscription restrictions or requirements on users. Regardless of what happens in Redmond, I don’t see this area being as big of an issue as the lack of Windows would create.  All three of the products I cited are MS Office compatible, AND have versions available for Windows, OS X, as well as numerous Linux distributions.

So what does this get us at the end of the day? Not much… The level of speculation here is crazy-huge.  But it’s one that a lot of people have had wander through their minds, especially at the large office I work in.  Many of the PC’s that are in use here today are still using Windows XP.  Windows 7 should be fully rolled out over the next 6-12 months – 4 years after its release in October of 2009.

If Windows were to evaporate, there’s no clear heir-apparent for an enterprise client OS out there.  OS X and Linux both have an enterprise presence, but its miniscule in comparison to what Microsoft has.  If I were Tim Cook or Jim Whitehurst (the CEO of RedHat) I’d be watching Microsoft like a hawk and step up the enterprise marketing at each and every opportunity.

My friend Preston Gralla says that MS has to kill the Windows brand to succeed. Greg Keizer, also from ComputerWorld, doesn’t give Ballmer a good chance of making the recent Microsoft reorg a success.  Part of that is Ballmer.  Part of that is clearly based on industry data of past reorg and culture change success rates.

The odds just aren’t in Ballmer’s favor; and any way you cut it, there’s definitely blood in the water. The only questions left to be answered are when and how badly will the shark attacks be…

Related Posts:

Compress and secure your data with PKZip

566705Putting it in the cloud is all the rage today.  Hundreds of thousands of people are storing data remotely so that they can access their data However, not everyone has a lot of or wants to pay for cloud storage. This is one of the reasons why I like apps like PKZip. It’s a file compression tool for Windows.

PKZip is a file compression tool that can compress files by up to 98%, saving valuable storage space and making file transfer easier.  You can compress and encrypt files directly from Microsoft Office using SecureZIP. Its really very easy. When using Microsoft Office, simply select “Save Copy as ZIP File” or “Save Copy as Secure ZIP File” to compress or encrypt directly from Word, Excel, or PowerPoint.

Protecting your data is easy with PKZip.  It has support of AES or 3DES strong encryption. Files encrypted with PKZIP may be decrypted and extracted on all major computing platforms, including Windows, Mac OS, Unix and Linux.  You can rest assured that important data can be sent to and used by those that need it, regardless of where they are and what computing platform they use.

PKZ-06

Getting your information where you need it is easy with PKZip, too.  PKZip also integrates with Microsoft Outlook, allowing automatic encryption of any email and/or attachment. Encrypted emails can be forwarded without the need to download and resave files. PKZIP can compress files that are over 9 exabytes in size (1EB = 1,000,000 terabytes); and allows users to combine up to two billion files into a single archive.

PKZip is pretty decent software, and its comparably priced to other, popular file compression tools. While its compression ratios are good, its been my experience that other tools may be able to provide better compression algorithms and rates, but your mileage may vary. If you’re looking for a decent file compression, archiving and compression tool, PKZip is a great choice and one that you should give serious consideration to.

download PKZip

Related Posts:

NW Docx Converter the magic files reader

With so many different file formats available, it is great to have a utility that lets you open, read, and print PDF, Html, RTF, Docx, Sxw, Odt, pdb and prc files. These files can be opened independently of the Office or OpenOffice applications and the results can be saved in PDF format. Users can preview the extracted data, page by page, and choose to send it to print or save it in another format.

The program runs on both Windows and Linux (under WINE). It is a very small file and runs straight from an executable, so it does not require installation or changes to your registry. Conversions are very fast with minimal impact on memory and CPU. Works even if you have an outdated system or document program.

Microsoft´s Docx format has caused a lot of problems for users who can not open this type of file with their applications. Users are now able to access multi-format documents, with the use of one simple app, that does not require installation, or a drag on computer resources. The NW Docx Converter does much more than the name implies, and at only 2MB packs great functionality into such a small download.

Unfortunately conversions are not always perfect.

read full review | download NW Docx Converter

Related Posts:

VirtualBox the open-source solution for desktop virtualization

VirtualBox is an impressive, open-source, desktop virtualization software. Available for Linux, OS X and Windows, VirtualBox allows you to run a different operating system on your machine, within a virtual environment. So for example, you could have Linux running on your Windows machine.

When you get something for free, you expect it to be lacking in some way, compared to commercial products which tend to have more features or more support. VirtualBox is surprising in that it is gives far more than you would expect, and is a real contender in the virtualization arena. Some of the VirtualBox features include the ability to move VMs between host systems dynamically, branched snapshots, and 32 way virtual SMP support.

What started out as a small virtualization project for individual users, has developed into a competitor in the enterprise sector. It still has some issues to sort out to make it as intuitive as it´s competitors, but remains one of the most comprehensive free apps available. Enterprises may still prefer to go with a commercial solution, but VirtualBox is an excellent option for users who do not want to pay commercial fees.

read full review | download VirtualBox

Related Posts:

AbiWord a new contender for Microsoft Word

While many of you have already used OpenOffice, as a free replacement for Microsoft Office suite, in 2002 a new project began to rise up from the open source community. AbiWord is part of a larger project known as AbiSource, which was started by the SourceGear Corporation. The goal of the project was the development of a cross-platform, Open Source office suite beginning with AbiWord, the project’s word processor.

AbiWord released a new version (2.9.1) of its text processing software, a version that brings a lot of improvements and new features making it a true contender for Microsoft Word. I have to mention that this version is a development release, and is not considered ready for production use. For a stable version you are encouraged to download AbiWord 2.8.6.

Anyway, version 2.9.1 is worth mentioning because it represents a milestone for the next 3.0.0 stable version in terms of new features and improvements. For the first time AbiWord comes with paragraph borders and shading support. This can be controlled through a new Borders and Shading dialog. The Resource Description Framework  information can now be saved and loaded in both OpenDocument (.odt) and AbiWord (.abw) files.

With AbiWord you can now share online documents through the Telepathy service. By using any Jabber/XMPP account, you can collaborate in real-time with other users on a shared document. In addition you can also export any document into an e-book format thanks to the experimental EPUB plugin.

AbiWord 2.9.1 is a cross-platform application available at the moment for PCs running Windows 2000 or later, or Linux. The development team also mentioned that the next stable version will be also available for Mac OS X.

Related Posts:

Thunderbird 5 is available online

Mozilla released the 5th version of their popular mail client Thunderbird. The update comes as a major release, more than a year and a half, after its latest version 3.0. Mozilla decided to skip version 4.0 in order to synchronize this product with the latest installment of Firefox. Overall Thunderbird 5.0 comes with an improved email account wizard, a better tab system, and a brand new Add-ons and API Manager.

The improved email account wizard comes with a slightly different approach compared to its former version, following the latest trend present in other similar applications. Now setting up your account has been simplified. You just have to enter your address and password and Thunderbird will try to set your account automatically from its own database.

Thanks to the new tabs system, you can reorder each of them by just drag’n’drop them to another open window. The Add-ons manager is simlar to the one present in Firefox and includes most of the applications there. The basic platform has been improved so that Thunderbird now is much faster at start-up and significantly responsive. Also the stability and security have been also improved dramatically making it a real contender in the battle for the best email client.

download Thunderbird 5.0 for Win | Mac | Linux

Related Posts:

Rasberry Pi – a $25 mini computer with the size of a USB flash drive

The Raspberry Pi Foundation is a UK registered charity with the goal to promote the study of computer science and related topics, especially at school level, with the idea to “put the fun back into learning computing“.

Raspberry Pi’s first product is a mini PC with the size of a USB flash drive, and is designed to plug into a TV or be combined with a touch screen for a low cost tablet. Price? Around $25 for a fully-configured system.

Rasberry Pi’s mini PC sports a ARM11 processor clocked at 700MHz, 128MB of SDRAM, USB 2.0, 1080p decoding, composite and HDMI output, multi-card slot (SD/MMC/SDIO), OpenGL ES 2.0, general-purpose I/O, and open software (such as Ubuntu, Iceweasel, KOffice, Python).

Well, at this stage, the Rasberry Pi’s mini PC  it is just a PCB (printed circuit board) populated with electronic components and some ports attached.

Although, David Braben (the creator of this mini PC) is expecting to have these computers for sale within 12 months and at the cost of just $25, the project could put a working PC into the hands of kids and people from undeveloped countries.

 

Related Posts:

Minitube, your YouTube desktop client for Mac, Linux and Windows

Available for Mac, Linux and Windows, Minitube is a YouTube desktop application which can be used to watch/listen to YouTube in a new interesting way: you just type a keyword and Minitube gives you endless videos related to that specific keyword.

This means that if you’re in the mood to listen to ATB, you just type “ATB” into the search box and Minitube will play all the videos related to ATB, continuously.

Read full reviewDownload Minitube

Related Posts:

Stay in touch with Soft32

Soft32.com is a software free download website that provides:

121.218 programs and games that were downloaded 237.780.356 times by 402.775 members in our Soft32.com Community!

Get the latest software updates directly to your inbox

Find us on Facebook