Not \*my\* home office!

I was out and about this weekend and hit a local retailer. While at retailers I like to walk the software isle and see what changes over time. The computing pharmacy sure hasn't changed, although the medicine has. There are a set of packaged applications that exist simply to fix everything that is broken in Windows.

When I first joined Sun 8 years ago, I used to drag around a copy of a Windows-oriented trade magazine to my show my customers the "Top 10 business software" list. At least 60% of these "business" applications were equivalent to Norton Utilities. In reality, nothing has changed in 8 years. Here is a snapshot I took while I was there. 60% of the applications are still used for medicinal purposes only. What's funny is that these are labeled as "Home Office". For those of you who say that Windows is easy to use, this is what is behind the lipstick on the pig. I don't know about you, but this is not how I want to open the door to my home office, and this is not how I want to spend my time once I get in.

I avoid Windows. However, being pragmatic, what choices does a business have? This is where Sun is working hard to fill in that gap. In particular, the Java Desktop System. Give it a spin. We welcome your feedback.

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You ask about business having a choice ... it is the apps, not the OS, that keeps people on Windows. Just having a program that can replace Quicken and Quickbooks would mean a lot of people could switch.

Posted by PatrickG on February 24, 2005 at 10:41 AM PST #

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