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Scott Kuhl Warning: I may have no idea what I am talking about!

Michael Robertson is taking another shot at Microsoft with ajaxWrite, an online word processor.  I'm not going to tear apart ajaxWrite or praise it.  Specifically I have a problem when Michael puts on his sales weasel hat and fails to compare apples to apples.

For example, here is the first paragraph from his latest Michael's Minute:

What if there was alternative for Microsoft Word that would install and open in 6 seconds, read and write Microsoft Word .doc files and run on Macintosh, Microsoft Windows or Linux computers? And oh yeah, it was FREE so consumers didn't have to pay $499 for Microsoft Office. I'm excited to announce that day is here.

ajaxWrite is not a replacement for Office.  It may replace some people's need for Word.  SO DON”T COMPARE AJAXWRITE TO THE PRICE OF OFFICE!!!  A quick search on Amazon will show that you can get the full retail version of Word for $200.  And this is what I don't understand.  $200 is still high, why not just compare it to the price of Word.

Promote your stuff on it's merits.  Don't be a sales weasel.

And there was no mention of OpenOffice, which is what I recommend (and use) for people who don't want to buy Office.  There's even a portable version you can throw on a USB drive.


Posted on Thursday, March 23, 2006 9:34 AM Rants | Back to top

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