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12.14.09

Nobody Gets Fired for Avoiding Microsoft

Posted in Finance, Free/Libre Software, Microsoft, Patents at 5:34 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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Summary: Microsoft products are getting the chop, not those unwilling to use them

IF THERE is a company that fires employees for not using Microsoft, that company is probably Microsoft. Outside Microsoft’s empire of delusion (we heard stories about staff being misinformed to keep morale up) the company is not seen as omnipotent anymore. But clichés aside, we have a growing list of dead Microsoft products that leave customers stranded [1, 2].

The many abandoned Microsoft products include Microsoft Money, whose users are now being moved to Intuit — a company already extorted by Microsoft's patent troll

Here is a new press release and an article about it.

Intuit stepped in on Thursday to rescue Microsoft Money users with an updated Microsoft Money Converter tool, allowing users to import their financial history and preferences to Quicken 2010.

Microsoft officially stopped selling its Money software on June 30, although Microsoft said then that it would support Money’s online services until Jan. 31, 2011. In November, Microsoft announced plans to release versions of Money Plus Deluxe and Money Plus Home & Business that will not require online activation, allowing customers to keep Money files and transactional history but will not allow access to online services or premium services.

This is actually a valuable window of opportunity — a time to approach users of Microsoft Money and recommend to them Free(dom) software like any of the applications just listed by Jamie Watson. GnuCash is already doing something on that matter of conversion.

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