I sat with a good friend of mine last night, enjoying a rather nice pint of Guinness as we discussed my book(let) and talked of the present state of technology and the web. My friend told me of how his son (not yet a teen) has just built his own computer and is running Linux. I’ve pointed him to image editor/manipulator GIMPshop and a Open Source word processor called AbiWord. (It’s free.) Established, traditional software companies are in trouble. We live in exciting times.
Grant McCracken posts today on what he sees as the decline and eventual fall of Microsoft:
My Microsoft migration continues. As readers of this blog know, I dumped Outlook for an online calendar, Explorer for Mozilla, Outlook for gmail and now it looks as if I just dumped Word for a Web 2.0 appliance called Writely. That leaves just Powerpoint and Exel, and I’m done. (Yes, I know there are alternatives here too.)
The key thing: how risk averse and technologically unsophisticated I am as a consumer. If someone like me is preparing to walk away from my Microsoft suite…well, it may be time to share your shares. I did.
You can read my post about Open Source apps here. I’ve been a Word user since Version 2.0 running on a PCXT. In chatting with my friend last night, who will move from a Dell laptop to a Mac in the not to distant future, one of his issues was Word Processing and Excel. OpenOffice, AbiWord and other products will fuel the ease of migration. As Grant advises, you might want to sell your Microsoft shares.