Fri, Jul 29 2005 20:14
I used to call you Mr. Ballmer, but we've swapped emails a rare time or two [yes he does email back] and I've used this blog venue a time or two as well so I think I can call you Steve now. I just read where you announced in front of a bunch of beancounters that you'll be selling a “new” higher priced version of Windows and Office that will be high end desktop editions.
“We have plans in the Vista generation to introduce an Enterprise edition”
Oh please don't. It's bad enough that we have to deal with convincing folks that Windows XP Home is ...well..for HOME and not for an office, it's bad enough that the Dell Small business sales catalogs feature XP Home, it's bad enough to wade through the versions of Office [and no ..the Student and Teacher edition should not be a valid version for a small business]. But when you say you'll have an “Enterprise version” that will have high end features...watch it, Sir. You know us small businesses can [and many times do] have more of your new technology than older firms. I'm 110% Borg now [the added 10% is due to the Smart Phone we just got].
Don't say “Enterprise” and only think Big Business. Show me a large firm and I'll show you a lot of older stuff. Show me a small firm and I'll show you a firm that's a lot more agile.
Be careful in your targeting of this product, Steve. “Enterprise” is a state of mind, not the size of a firm.
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