Software: Beyond the Box
I hope these are the last words I write about Microsoft Office, at least as the giant application suite is currently configured.I hope these are the last words I write about Microsoft Office, at least as the giant application suite is currently configured. As strongly as officials in Redmond deny or deflect any notion that XP, the latest version package, is the last of a dying breed, it would be good for all of usand Microsoftthat it be so. I know its hard for all of us to imagine a world without heavy, shrink-wrapped boxes stuffed with manuals, CDs and coupons, especially those priced somewhere north of $500; as well as a world without the enjoyment of having to repeat the process every two or three yearsa process that includes scrounging the bottom of your desk drawers to find the receipt and the software boxs UPC code so you can qualify for the upgrade rebate.
It all seems so pointless. So when Microsoft teases us by hinting that eventually the Office product will be able to be purchased a la carte, or in ways in which upgrades can be delivered as a behind-the-scenes service (as long as you pay your fee), we start to get all verklempt, as Linda Richmond might say.