Saturday Aug 29, 2009

links for 2009-8-29: 75% don't upgrade Office; PayPal beef; Don't give Obama keys to internet

  • Over 75% of organizations haven't upgraded to latest Microsoft Office - The challenges of a mature market/product.  How do you innovate and differentiate with yourself to sell more?
  • My PayPal credit card beef, Part II: PayPal responds - I'd seen the earlier blog he had on this and agree with him, but found this blurb in PayPal's response interesting: "he’d pass along the suggestion to the engineering team".  Now perhaps they are organized such that product management is in engineering and so I'm making a mountain out of a molehill, but just passing ideas to engineers could be the problem.  Nothing against engineers, I love'em and am one at heart, but you really need product management to provide guidance on things like this.
  • White House not equipped to hold keys to the Internet - I would have to agree.
  • Adobe on "HTML5" - Given my recent blogging on HTML5, I was interested to see what Adobe had to say.  But it is hard to take it seriously and not simply discount it as FUD by a threatened competitor with these comments:
    • "...consortium of minority browser vendors..." - Only all browsers using WebKit!
    • "...it might be a decade before HTML 5 sees standardization across the number of browsers that are going to be out there." - Ummm, WebKit based browsers have significant support already.  A decade?  Really?
    • "...iPhone helped to radically increase the number of phones with Flash support".  Seriously?
    • And this was a pretty classic comment to the post: "This is an excellent piece by Adobe to lay bare their open standards animosity."
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