Microsoft learns new business model from Tom Sawyer July 29, 2006Posted by Matsu in Information Technology, Microsoft, Technology, Web, Windows/Microsoft.
When I was young I read the book, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Samuel L. Clemens, better known as Mark Twain. In that book, Tom was given the chore of white-washing (painting) the picket fence that went around the yard. His friends stopped by and he made the job look like so much fun and convinced them that he would only let them paint the fence if they paid him some money, which they gladly did. In that case, Tom not only had his work done for him, but the people doing his work paid him for that privilege.
According to this CNET article, Microsoft has announced that they will allow the public to download and beta test the new version of Office for a fee. Hmm. If I pay them some money, then they will let me do their work. Yup, that sounds a lot like Tom’s school of business and huckstering. The sad part is that there are actually people out there in the world that will pay Microsoft for testing beta software, just like Tom’s friends paying to paint the fence.
My response to that is a quote from P.T. Barnum. “There is a sucker born every minute.”
(Footnote: According to this web site, P.T. Barnum never said there was a sucker born every minute. It was someone else. I’m not sure what to believe, but the phrase did pop into my head when I read about Microsoft charging the public to test beta software.)