[Linux-aus] [Osia-discuss] Re: If you could ask Microsoft a question, what would it be?
d.sentinella at integrated-imaging.com.au
Mon Jan 14 04:44:49 UTC 2008
Steven D'Aprano wrote:
> What would it take for Microsoft to treat the Linux desktop market as seriously as they
> treat Apple? e.g. Office for Linux. Not necessarily open source
If you're looking for a "killer app", then it would be hard to beat
"Open EDI". Accountancy is the one area where big business exerts muscle
over the smaller players - the economy of scale gives the large players
an advantage when they use EDI and then, of course, these large players
demand EDI from their suppliers – only the very smart, the very large or
the most exploited suppliers get to play.
It is of note that the new Australian government has a minister for
"Business Deregulation", another for "Small Business", and more
encouragingly a minister for "Broadband, Communications and the Digital
Economy". I think the Linux and Open Source communities have an
opportunity here. Honestly, the standard office applications are old hat
now, but imagine if the accountancy task became a management task only -
even small home businesses would need to spend less than a few percent
of their income on accountancy and bookkeeping. There is a lot of
resistance however because so much money is being made shuffling paper -
what a shame. Perhaps the labour shortage would evaporate when these
people are retrained to do something more useful?
*The *Linux and Open Source communities have a duty to push for Open
Standards but not in a way that Microsoft does - pushing for ever more
complexity in open standards so that only a supplier like Microsoft can
tackle the task.**
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