Couldn't let this story
pass without comment. Tesco
are targeting the home market with office, security and photo software.
I heard a related joke on the TV the other night. It goes something like " ...
wherever you go in a city you are never more than 50 metres from a
Tesco Metro!". Well, they are diversifying, with a strap-line that
would make Google
No mention of formats or compatibility, and lets face it there are dozens of office suites that aren't quite Microsoft
, and its hard to see how they can compete with free software
such as Open Office
Interesting though that they aren't concentrating on the online/live software offerings of web 2.0,
with its advertising opportunities. Apparently the software will sell for £20 per title.
My feeling is that schools could do a lot worse than give every family a free copy of Open Office
on a CD, or offer them the download
link on their web site! Of course this would mean them having to adopt Open Office
themselves ... probably a step too far. France, and indeed most of our continental neighbours have already bitten the bullet and give every student the free Open Office
or Sun Microsystem's Star Office
software. My wife is now very familiar with it, as it came free with her Open University
Course. Saves a fortune! It's well supported
really do need to recognise the open document formats
, or they may lose business. There is a real added value to institutions using Microsoft
products, but education has a public service remit. Interestingly though, I understand Microsoft
charges the health service far less for its software than it charges education ... why? Perhaps now that we have health as part of our children's services we can get them to buy it at their rate. There's a thought!