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Microsoft is selling Office in China for a meager $29. Jealous?

Posted by mohan desai on જુલાઇ 23, 2009

A recent article posted on BusinessWeek discusses Microsoft’s new “pricing strategy” that cuts the prices on Windows and Office products. But what really struck a true nerve in the article was the fact that Microsoft has chosen to offer Office in China for a measly $29. Why is the country getting such an amazing deal? The company blames piracy, stating that 95-percent of the Office installations in China are illegal. Because of this factor, Microsoft is testing the new, dirt-cheap pricetag.The result? An 800-percent increase in sales since the trial began in September 2008, with an estimated 80,000 copies sold since then. Pleased with the results, Microsoft even said that it plans to keep the new pricetag.
Worldwide, unit sales of Microsoft Office have spiked 415-percent, stemming from not-quite-so-low price points in Brazil, India, and more countries.

So what gives? Why are consumers rooted in the West to pay over $200 for Microsoft Office 2007? One of the biggest arguments surrounding piracy is overall pricing, whether it’s related to Microsoft, Adobe, or the latest PC game. If prices were brought down to reasonable levels as seen in China, perhaps piracy wouldn’t be quite as problematic.


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WordPress App coming soon to BlackBerry

Posted by mohan desai on જૂન 6, 2009

Matt Mullenweg, the founding developer of WordPress, has confirmed that a WordPress application for the BlackBerry will be released soon. This application will prove to be a boon for those BlackBerry owners who want to post something quickly but have no immediate access to a laptop. There aren’t any more details available as to the exact functions but it probably will be similar to the iPhone app.
Currently there exists an add-on that provides a mobile-friendly web interface, but it has many shortcomings. The application from BlackBerry will permit liveblogging and quick edits and coupled with the fact that the BlackBerry keyboard is ideal for writing; it seems possible that even full drafts can be written while on the go.
There is no information about the features which will be included in the WordPress BlackBerry application or when the application will be released.The iPhone WordPress application has apparently received considerable amount of popularity, thus the chances of success on the BlackBerry increases. Since the release date hasn’t been disclosed as yet, its only a wait that could let us know where this application stands in terms of popularity and success.

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