Microsoft is bonding you, again!

You want Office 2013? Microsoft is tying you to the mast again!

Oh, no! It happens again. Microsoft bars 55% of all current Windows PCs from running the newest suite. Unless you upgrade to Windows 8, off course. Older versions of Windows? Forget it!

According to Computerworld, Microsoft confirmed yesterday that the new Office 2013 will not run on older PCs powered by Windows XP or Vista.

“The new Office will work with Windows 7 and Windows 8,” a Microsoft spokesperson said Monday in an email reply to questions about Office 2013 and Office 365. “Vista or XP will not support the new Office.”

Users running those operating systems will not be able to advance beyond Office 2010, the suite that launched about seven months after Windows 7.

The omission of the two operating systems means that more than half of all Windows computers — 54.6%, to be exact — now in place will be locked out of the upgrade, according to statistics compiled by Web metrics company Net Applications.

My comment: This shows that Microsoft steadily follows their strategy that is to bond customers to their platform and force them to upgrade just to stay on the platform forever. It is not about inventing new strategic business models by the use of technology, but about selling the same stuff (Microsoft Office) again and again.


1 Comment

  1. Actually Microsoft is right. After all the Windows7 APIs have greatly improved. If they would continue to support XP with the new suite, they would not be able to use the improved APIs and thus not be able to innovate. Just ask any development manager how expensive it is to support old platforms.
    If you are on XP most likely the current office version will do all you need. A new version doesn’t magically disable the old one. And there are sufficient alternatives.

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