They've gone beyond loosing a fanboy
I've been a Microsoft "fan" since I started using 3.1 many, many moons ago. Over the years Microsoft has made a number of decisions that, quite frankly, bewildered me. But, you take it like a good marriage - with the good comes an occasional hiccup and you just work through it. Recently, though, their decisions have turned this marriage from love to acceptance and then to one of putting up with them. With their new licensing agreements for Office 2013 though and with their overpriced upgrades, I have gone from fanboy to anti-Microsoft activist. One of my jobs is as a college instructor and one of the courses I teach is Office 2010 and more than likely will soon be Office 2013 / 365. In each class, however, I've been making it a point to stress the availability of no cost or low cost alternatives such as Libre Office. My hopes are to start an alternative class in teaching businesses how to migrate to Libre Office from Microsoft Office and how to migrate to a preferred Linux alternative and in the process save tons of money... money that they can use to further their businesses and even better - pay their employees more. The word will spread! I have gone from a passive Microsoft user to a vindictive one and I will do what I can to spread the word about available alternatives. Before becoming a software engineer, I worked in management in the hospitality field. One of the first things you learn in that field is that a loyal customer will spread the word to a few but an unhappy one will potentially spread the word to hundreds or even thousands and that is where I'm currently at. From my personal perspective; Microsoft has just torched their last bridge. The reason I've been postponing making the conversion to Unix (Ubuntu) is primarily because I didn't have time to go through the learning curve - instead opting to continue through Microsoft Windows upgrades telling myself that the minor differences are no big deal. But if they expect me to eat my valuable time going through the learning curve to Windows 8, I may as well just apply that time to Ubuntu and not look back. The same goes for Office 2013 and 365. Ubuntu and Libre Office here I come!
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