With hundreds of thousands, if not millions of people using Google Apps and Zoho, two of the main cloud office suites on the web, Microsoft once again sees an opportunity to slam it's iron fist onto the web in hope of crushing the same competitors as before.With Windows 7 on the way, from the people I've spoken to, students just don't seem that phased by it.
Charlie Osborne talks about (and to) the next generation of IT users.
London-based Charlie Osborne is a journalist, freelance photographer and former teacher. She holds a degree in Medical Anthropology.
Everywhere I look at the moment there are job cuts here, mass lay-off's there, unemployment rising and a crumbling global economy. Whilst students are working their arses off trying to cram for pre-Christmas exams, it opens up a world full of worry for students who are near graduation.
I have a dream that one day, little boys and little girls, across this great plain of society, can open up a pre-release version of Windows 7 or Windows 8, and have access to full unstable features which makes them go "oooh" and "ahhh" in excitement, wonder and amazement.
We take having the Internet for granted. Wherever we go, whether we have our laptops or our tablet devices, even our mobile phones, we can connect to 'some form' of the world wide web.
"Welcome, and thank you for choosing Barack Obama as your new president. Please take a minute to familiarise yourself with your new president, as this one is a newer, smarter and better looking president than previous versions.
Whilst walking the streets of London, with half a baguette in one hand and a coffee in the other, I am no more than 10 feet away from someone who tells people you're no more than 10 feet away from a rat. I call them civil servants personally, wandering around with their Blackberry's, donning their shiny suits and slick comb-overs, whilst talking about "social exclusion policy" and all matter of immensely boring crap, which would resonate the brain of any passer by into smoothie.
Over the years, Microsoft has dominated the marketplace with some ground breaking products. Not just Windows or Office, but spreading to the web, communications, education and research.
In this day and age of expanding technologies, futuristic ideology and plain crazy industries, there are certain key buzzwords being thrown around the place left, right and centre. Before I started writing on Enterprise Alley, I didn't have a clue what half of these things were.
Let me put forward a problem. You've missed a lecture but you've got the lecture slides on a PDF document.
It's a difficult and strange time for many in the IT industry. It seems most people from home consumers to students, IT professionals and governments have rejected Windows Vista, and many have their reservations about Windows 7.