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Date:      Fri, 18 Nov 2016 09:14:43 -0600 (CST)
From:      "Valeri Galtsev" <>
To:        "Steve O'Hara-Smith" <>
Cc:        "Matthew Seaman" <>,
Subject:   Re: Microsoft announced it is joining The Linux Foundation?
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On Fri, November 18, 2016 6:07 am, Steve O'Hara-Smith wrote:
> On Fri, 18 Nov 2016 11:44:07 +0000
> Matthew Seaman <> wrote:
>> Microsoft in its aspect as the global cloud computing company is really
>> quite different from Microsoft in its aspect as the PC desktop operating
>> system company.
> 	Yes instead of trying to ensure that every computer you can buy
> runs Windows, that every corporate email system runs on Exchange etc. and
> everybody has to pay to stay up to date, they want to ensure that as much
> of
> your data as possible lives on their servers so you have to keep paying to
> get at it with rented applications. It's still a lock-in strategy.

This is the best way to make this point I've heard so far. Locked in into
payment for rented applications (also: storage that holds your data etc.)
They are not alone, e.g. Adobe (Photoshop is the app one of my developer
needs of it) switched to "cloud" based applications. Helps to easier jack
yearly payments from customers. If I am to invest my time into mastering
the tool, I prefer to own the tool, not to rent it; the last means at the
will of someone else I may not have access to the tool at some point. This
whole thing makes me restrict myself only to tools I can have (including
by buying commercial software, not yearly license to use it), and most of
people I work for make similar decision for themselves (lucky me). But not
the whole iPad generation does. Majority of people these days don't care
where their data is and what uncle whoever (Sam in my case) can dig out of
their stuff because of that...


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Valeri Galtsev
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Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics
Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics
University of Chicago
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