MS, still going strong
Microsoft Monitor: Microsoft Fiscal 2006 Q3 Results: “Based on JupiterResearch surveys, Office 2003 adoption has progressed at a fairly modest pace. Office 2007 offers some exciting new features, but uncertainties, too. I expect some companies will see the new user interface and file formats as generating unnecessary additional overhead, because of retraining and other cost considerations. Break-even point is about 3.5 years.”
The numbers are still quite impressive for Microsoft, though costs have shot up too. The new thrust towards the Live.com platform won’t start making an impact for a while now, other than in the costs attributed to the new hiring. What is significant is the break-even point of 3.5 years quoted in the article.
3.5 years is a long time for businesses to contend with. A lot of important variables like connectivity and development of other platforms would figure in it too. With the increased costs in retraining and retooling that are being mentioned in connection with regards to Office 2007, it would be a hard thing for Microsoft to sell, especially when you consider that Office 2003 works quite well for most people.