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MS luncurkan Office 2010 yang dapat diakses bebas di Internet

Posted by sroestam pada Mei 13, 2010

Microsoft pada hari Rabu 12 Mei 2010 telah meluncurkan software produktivitas perkantoran Office 2010 sebagai bagian dari Desktop maupun dapat diakses secara bebas di Internet/Web mirip dengan aplikasi perkantoran yang bebas yang disediakan oleh Google Doc.

Ini merupakan tanggapan dari MS atas persaingan dari software produktivitas yang dapat dipakai secara bebas yang disediakan oleh Google Doc, OpenOffice, dan bebearapa pengembang lainnya. Sebagai imbalan atas penggunaan Office 2010 yang gratis di Internet, MS akan memasang berbagai iklan di layar pengguna.

Sebagai pengembang software yang telah memiliki basis pelanggan lebih dari 500-juta, maka langkah MS ini akan sangat mempengaruhi peta persaingan bisnis software perkantoran.

Di negara-negara maju, mungkin strategi MS ini malah akan memperkuat pasar mereka, sebab akan makin banyak pengguna yang juga akan membeli Office 2010 versi Desktop, supaya dapat mengaksesnya sewaktu-waktu dan tidak harus mengandalkan tersedianya jaringan Internet.

Namun bagi masyarakat negara-negara berkembang, mereka akan dapat memilih untuk menyimpan file-file data mereka di MS Office 2010 di Internet, di Google Doc ataupun di OpenOffice mereka di Desktop tanpa harus membeli Office 2010 versi Desktop yang dibanderol oleh MS sebesar US$500,-

Berita lengkapnya ada dibawah ini:

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Microsoft has created a chimera in its new Office 2010 software, part desktop software and part Web app.

This latest version of Office, which includes applications like Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint, is Microsoft’s long-awaited effort to modernize one of its most lucrative products and to thwart rivals like Google that are nipping at its heels with free Web software.

For the first time, Microsoft will provide a free online version of Office that lets people store their documents on the Web rather than on their personal computers.

If all goes according to Microsoft’s plan, this technology, along with a host of other features, will persuade businesses and consumers to upgrade their Office software once again. “It is a remarkable moment,” said Stephen Elop, the president of Microsoft’s business software division, who will showcase Office 2010 on Wednesday at an event in New York.

It is now available for businesses. Microsoft has said that Office will range in price from a limited, free Web version supported by ads to a full-blown version that costs $500, both to be available to consumers in June. Most analysts say they think Microsoft will hold on to its near monopoly on productivity software. Richard Williams, the senior software analyst at Cross Research, said that most companies would continue to choose Office because it was familiar and safe. “This is not the cycle that will take away from Windows or Office,” he said. “Most of the people calling the shots and paying the bills are in their 40s, and grew up with Microsoft.”

Nonetheless, a host of businesses are chipping away at Microsoft either by offering free versions or by recommending to clients that they buy fewer copies of Office. “I think Office has run away from its users,” said David Girouard, the president of Google’s business software group. “Every company ought to have a few copies of it, but it has nothing to do with what most people need.”

Users of the new version of Office will be able to share and work on the same documents and presentations over the Internet rather than e-mailing files back and forth to each other. Microsoft has created a way for people to flip from the PC to online versions of Office to give users the best of both worlds.

If many of those functions sound familiar, it is because Google, Adobe and smaller companies like Zoho have been giving away Web-based apps that do much the same thing. But the rival products have hardly made a dent in the sales of Office — a product used by 500 million people.

Over the last three years, Microsoft’s share of the office software market has remained static at 94 percent, according to the research firm Gartner. Adobe ranks second in office software revenue with almost 4 percent of the market, leaving scraps for about eight other companies. Microsoft’s business software group brought in $19 billion last year.

The vast size of this productivity empire and the software’s growing complexity has made Office a popular target for Microsoft’s competitors over the years. Rivals like I.B.M. and Sun Microsystems, now part of Oracle, have backed a free productivity package called OpenOffice that performs most of the functions found in Office. About 25 million people have signed up for Google Apps, the company’s online suite of software that is similar to Microsoft’s business products.

According to analysts, Microsoft still has little to worry about. It has benefited from linking features in Office to other business software products in the company’s arsenal and as a result, has been able to coax customers into large, unified upgrades. Numerous Wall Street analysts expect that strategy to pay off well for Microsoft this year. Many large companies skipped over previous versions of Microsoft’s Windows operating system software and continue to rely on four- to five-year-old computers. Analysts expect that these customers will finally upgrade their machines and software, particularly after Windows 7, released last year, received favorable reviews.

“I think we will see this refresh cycle kick in over the summer,” said Mr. Williams, the software analyst. “It is going to be big and matter a whole lot.”

Jason Lieblich sees that as an opportunity. Mr. Lieblich has started a company called Exoprise Systems that will soon begin selling software that monitors computers to see what types of products workers use and how they use them. It will then guide customers away from traditional applications like Microsoft Office to cheaper online alternatives.

“Office is a great product, but it is quite complicated and people aren’t really taking advantage of the software,” Mr. Lieblich said.

Mr. Elop put in his vote for a mostly Microsoft future, knocking the idea promoted by Google that companies use both Office and Google Apps side by side.

“It clearly shows their lack of maturity and lack of understanding for the business market,” said Mr. Elop, the Microsoft executive. “Companies don’t want to mix their technology.” (Sumber nytimes.com)

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Di Era Krisis Finansial, Open Source menjadi Pilihan Masyarakat Dunia

Posted by sroestam pada Oktober 15, 2008

Krisis Finansial yang dipicu awalnya dari macetnya Kredit Perumahan di Amerika Serikat diperkirakan akan berlangsung lama sampai dengan tahun 2010. Bailout Wall Street oleh Pemerintah Amerika Serikat sebesar US$700 milyar dan rencana injeksi dana ke Perbankan AS sebesar US$250 milyar kelihatannya sedikit mengerem laju jatuhnya harga-harga saham Wall Street dan Stock Exchange dunia.

Belajar dari situasi masa kini tentang pentingnya meningkatkan efisiensi biaya dan produktivitas usaha yang tinggi, maka masyarakat Pengusaha dan masyarakat umum mulai berfikir untuk mencari jalan keluar dari Krisis Finansial yang akan berdampak lama terhadap bisnis minimal 2 tahun kedepan. Pilihan itu jatuh pada perlunya menggunakan sarana produksi yang canggih namun birbiaya rendah, yaitu penggunaan Software-software Open Source.

Secara kebetulan, software-software Open Source saat ini sudah makin dikenal masyarakat berkat makin lancarnya jaringan Internet dan makin banyaknya masyarakat yang dapat mengakses jaringan Internet. Di Indonesia saat ini sudah ada 30 juta masyarakat yang dapat mengakses jaringan Internet, berkat banyaknya pelanggan Seluler yang dapat juga mengakses Internet, munculnya HotSpots WiFi yang berbayar maupun gratisan di berbagai kota besar di Indonesia. Adanya Internet berkecepatan tinggi memudahkan masyarakat men-Download software-software Open Source secara gratis. Disamping itu, makin banyak Distro-distro Lokal yang menyediakan software Open Source dengan biaya penggantian rekaman di CD/DVD yang sangat murah, tanpa ada pelanggaran HaKI, sebab software-software Open Source berlisensi GPL atau milik masyarakat.

Hal yang mendukung penggunaan software Open Source adalah adanya Standardisasi spesifikasi, seperti adanya Format Dokumen yang perlu untuk pertukaran Naskah-naskah, yaitu menggunakan open Document Format atau ODF yang telah menjadi Standar ISO (International Standards Organizaion). Adanya standar ISO ini memungkinkan interoperabilitas antar software-software, baik itu Open Source maupun Proprietary.

Support terhadap open Source saat ini juga semakin baik, terutama untuk software aplikasi bisnis, seperti OpenOffice.org untuk mendukung kerja perkantoran, Enterprise Resource Planning (WebERP, Compiere), Customer Relationship Management, Supply Chain Management, Corporate Performance Management, Work Flow, Business Process Flow, Balanced Scorecard, dan sebagainya.

Perusahaan Riset Gartner meramalkan bahwa pada tahun 2012 ada sejumlah 90% Perusahaan-perusahaan yang bermigrasi menggunakan software Open Source untuk keperluan bisnis mereka.

Di Brazil saat ini-pun sudah ada 70% Perusahaan-perusahaan yang bermigrasi ke Open Source karena dukungan penuh dari Pemerintah Brazil dibawah kepemimpinan Presiden Luiz Inacio da Silva. Keterlibatan langsung Pemipin Tertinggi Brazil inilah yang dapat memajukan Open Source di Brazil, yang perlu dicontoh oleh masyarakat negara-negara berkembang lainnya.

Peran Perusahaan, Organisasi Non-Profit, LSM dan Individu-individu yang berdedikasi tinggi untuk memajukan open Source juga sangat berpengaruh untuk keberhasilannya di tiap negara. kini saatnya kita perlu bergandengan tangan untuk memajukan Open Source dalam kerangka penghematan secara nasional dan sekaligus juga untuk meningkatkan produktivitas nasional, serta menghemat Devisa Nasional.

Semoga dapat membantu dalam menghadapi Krisis Finansial dan memajukan bangsa dan negara.

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