Microsoft http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/4532/all en-US Could the Chromebook Crush Windows? http://www.wisebread.com/could-the-chromebook-crush-windows <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/could-the-chromebook-crush-windows" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/man_on_laptop_2.jpg" alt="Man on phone with laptop" title="Man on phone with laptop" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="181" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>It isn&rsquo;t until your laptop temporarily becomes a useless brick than you begin to take a step back and look at how technology works. If you&rsquo;ve ever found your PC or iMac not working because you needed to reinstall the operating system, perhaps the concept of planned obsolescence has crept into your head. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-your-computer-faster">Make Your Computer Faster Instead of Buying a New One</a>)</p> <p>If you&rsquo;re not familiar with planned obsolescence, it&rsquo;s an idea that's built into the life-cycle of most of our technology &mdash; basically, designing products and applications with a limited shelf life.</p> <p>But will Google change that with its new <a href="http://www.google.com/chromebook/">Chromebook</a>? The Chromebook has an operating system and browser in one, which means it enables a user to surf the web and house applications (such as word processing, spreadsheets, media player functions, etc.) and files on a server somewhere you&rsquo;re not. This way, if your laptop becomes a brick because your Windows, Mac OS X, or other proprietary operating system is on the fritz, you can always access your files on another device &mdash; your phone, another laptop with Internet access, or even your desktop at work.</p> <p>Google's Chromebook laptops &mdash; from Samsung and Acer &mdash; will be available June 15 and are priced between $349 and $500. This price is comparable to buying an operating system alone out-of-the-box and having to upgrade, and considerably less expensive than outfitting a PC with no software package at all. For those willing to try out Microsoft Office-like web apps such as Google Docs, or who just need web surfing and e-mail capabilities, the price is a steal. The Chromebooks are cheaper than iPads, most fully-loaded smartphones iPhones, and most PCs.</p> <p>Even better, because Chrome is a web-based OS and browser in one, the system will update itself for free. Google makes most of its money off of search and web surfing, which is why the hardware with a dual core processor is the only hard cost here for individuals. (For businesses, a $28-per-month subscription fee dwarfs Windows' and Apple's license renewals and hardware upgrades.)</p> <p>It's a welcome prospect as none of the &quot;software&quot; features coming with the Chromebook (in theory) would require a trip to a big box retailer where guys wearing polo shirts would charge you more money than you need to pay to fix your computer.</p> <p>Of course, the opportunity cost here is that while the Chrome operating system is &ldquo;free,&rdquo; it takes up your free time in learning about it, to gain the technical savvy required to break the chain to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-presentation-secrets-of-steve-jobs">Steve Jobs</a> and Bill Gates.</p> <p>That said, it&rsquo;s important to look ahead to the possibility of increased adoption of technologies like the Chrome OS. After all, how many of us have felt like dopes when we've waited too long to upgrade our operating systems and realized how much it would now cost to do so? A lot of us (raising hand right now), I&rsquo;d wager.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/jabulani-leffall">Jabulani Leffall</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/could-the-chromebook-crush-windows">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-google-wallet-can-save-you-money">5 Ways Google Wallet Can Save You Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-solar-power-banks">The 5 Best Solar Power Banks</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-ups-backup-batteries">The 5 Best UPS Backup Batteries</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/craigslist-vs-ebay-where-to-sell-10-common-items">Craigslist vs. eBay: Where to Sell 10 Common Items</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-save-money-on-ipads-iphones-and-macs">6 Ways to Save Money on iPads, iPhones, and Macs</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping Technology apple Google Microsoft Windows XP Tue, 07 Jun 2011 09:36:15 +0000 Jabulani Leffall 544101 at http://www.wisebread.com Excel: The Most Underrated Software You Already Own http://www.wisebread.com/excel-the-most-underrated-software-you-already-own <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/excel-the-most-underrated-software-you-already-own" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_000015680335Small_2.jpg" alt="Surprised man opening computer" title="Surprised man opening computer" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="137" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>There&rsquo;s a program on your computer you&rsquo;ve used hundreds of times that can do all kinds of amazing things:</p> <ul> <li>It can grab information from the web and create crazy calculations and fancy charts.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>It can take pretty much any kind of data file and allow you to play with the data in an infinite number of ways.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>It can take thousands of pages of text and give you a really good idea of what the main points are.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>It can make a lot of processes automatic and save you hundreds of hours of mindless work.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>It can beat Garry Kasparov at chess.*</li> </ul> <p>Microsoft Excel is one of those programs we&rsquo;ve all used at least a little bit, but most of us haven&rsquo;t even scratched the surface of what it can do.</p> <p>There&rsquo;s a reason why Excel costs $139 and Microsoft Office costs $279 &mdash; this is really powerful software that&rsquo;s capable of some truly amazing things.</p> <p>But very few of us take full advantage of it.</p> <h2>The Power of Excel</h2> <p>I got my first exposure to Excel&rsquo;s power a few years ago with an incredible <a href="http://www.thewriterscoin.com/2011/03/25/excel-and-efficiency/">stock-analysis spreadsheet</a> that blew my mind. Then, a couple of weeks ago, I got stuck with a really tedious project and decided to <a href="http://www.thewriterscoin.com/2011/03/18/when-its-ok-to-disobey-your-boss/">disobey my boss</a> &mdash; I found a better way thanks to some developing ninja Excel skills.</p> <p>It saved me from wasting a bunch of hours of my day, and it made me look like a smart dude. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-efficient-ways-to-boost-productivity">5 Efficient Ways to Boost Productivity</a>)</p> <p>But let&rsquo;s face it &mdash; learning Excel isn&rsquo;t fun unless it&rsquo;s going to help you solve an immediate problem. It&rsquo;s like an umbrella &mdash; we only care about it when we need it. Once we&rsquo;re done, we throw it in the back of the closet and forget about it. But it pays off to learn some of the basics for the next time you run into a roadblock.</p> <h2>Learn by Doing</h2> <p>The next time you get stuck with a tedious task of collecting or organizing data, Google what you&rsquo;re trying to do along with &ldquo;excel,&rdquo; and you&rsquo;ll get an answer. You may find it tricky, because you have to come up with the overall plan and then figure out how Excel can help. But odds are there is a way Excel can make things easier for you.</p> <p>So if you&rsquo;re trying to take thousands of emails and you want to parse out some of the data, you&rsquo;d search for &quot;parsing data excel.&quot; It won&rsquo;t work 100% of the time, and you may have to learn some Excel lingo, but <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-become-an-expert">eventually you'll get it</a>.</p> <p>There are other places to pick up some Excel basics. <a href="http://blogs.office.com/b/microsoft-excel/">Microsoft&rsquo;s Excel blog</a> is a good place to start. And pay attention to any and all Excel sheets you come across to see how they do certain tasks.</p> <p>Most important of all: If you meet people who are masters at Excel, ask tons of questions, get their email addresses, follow them on Twitter, and follow them on Facebook. These people will be a HUGE help as you learn all the cool, advanced stuff Excel can do. Believe it or not, people are still more useful than Google.</p> <h2>Improving Your Value</h2> <p>Excel is a powerful piece of software than can help you not only be more efficient at work, but make you look good. If you get really good at it and become the &ldquo;go to&rdquo; person for any and all advanced Excel tasks, you&rsquo;ve just become one of the most valuable people at your workplace.</p> <p>Think about it this way &mdash; if you&rsquo;re the doorway to getting things done faster and more efficiently, you just turned yourself into a VIP. And VIPs are invaluable to every company.</p> <p>Anyone else out there have a story of how Excel made your job easier and/or made you look good?</p> <p><em>*Microsoft Excel may or may not be actually able to beat Garry Kasparov at chess.</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/carlos-portocarrero">Carlos Portocarrero</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/excel-the-most-underrated-software-you-already-own">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-back-to-school-iphone-apps">10 Back-to-School iPhone Apps</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/productivity-tips-to-carry-you-through-2012">Productivity Tips to Carry You Through 2012</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-get-more-out-of-business-trips">10 Ways to Get More Out of Business Trips</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-productivity-tips-for-it-professionals">10 Productivity Tips for IT Professionals</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-time-management-skills-that-will-help-your-kid-win-at-school">10 Time-Management Skills That Will Help Your Kid Win at School</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Education & Training Productivity Technology computer software efficiency excel Microsoft Mon, 25 Apr 2011 09:36:56 +0000 Carlos Portocarrero 525856 at http://www.wisebread.com DON'T Buy It Now on eBay without using Live.com cashback http://www.wisebread.com/dont-buy-it-now-on-ebay-without-using-livecom-cashback <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/dont-buy-it-now-on-ebay-without-using-livecom-cashback" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/Live Search Products 3D.png" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="169" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>You've been saving money with your online purchases thanks to Wise Bread, but wanna save even more? I know that got <em>your</em> attention.</p> <p>Periodically, <a target="_blank" href="http://ebay.com/"><strong>eBay</strong></a><strong> and Microsoft's <a href="http://live.com/">Live.com</a> run a joint promotion to award you cashback</strong>. It's plausibly beneficial for them because it drives traffic and ad revenue to Live amidst Google's dominance. Whatever the reasons, here's basically how it works:</p> <ol> <li>Sign up for a <a href="http://www.live.com/">Live.com account</a>.</li> <li>Do a Live.com search for a <strong>keyword match like &quot;</strong><a href="http://search.live.com/results.aspx?q=bullion&amp;go=&amp;form=QBLH"><strong>bullion</strong></a><strong>&quot;</strong>. A special link notifying you of a % cashback offer appears.</li> <li>Click the link and purchase an eligible item &mdash; so far, they've been <strong>&quot;Buy It Now&quot; with PayPal</strong>, not regular auctions.</li> <li>Cashback either gets awarded within a 60-day window, or in some cases (apparently random), instantly.</li> </ol> <p><img src="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3633/3514749788_3e3bcdc14a.jpg?v=0" alt="" /></p> <p>You can read the <a href="http://search.live.com/products/pages/faq.aspx">terms and conditions</a>, which include a limit of total cashback and transactions.</p> <h2>Too good to be true?</h2> <p>At one point, I was skeptical &mdash; 35% cashback!? &mdash; but this is from eBay and Microsoft, not some shady fly-by-night operation. Alas, today the <strong>cashback is lower, at 10%, but up from 8% in days earlier</strong>. (But down from 14% that.) How do I know?</p> <h2>Use these tools</h2> <p>There's a useful tool called <a href="http://www.abevoelker.com/livesearch/"><strong>MS Live.com eBay Cashback % Notifier</strong></a>, thanks to a &quot;Waffle S.S.&quot; aka Abe Voelker. It does what it claims: enter a target cashback value and your email address. When it hits or exceeds that mark, you'll be notified as I was today:</p> <p><img src="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3348/3514748824_6759ff157a.jpg?v=0" alt="" /></p> <p>If you'd rather not do that, you can setup a <strong><a href="http://forums.slickdeals.net/faq.php?s=&amp;do=search&amp;q=deal+alerts+faq&amp;match=all&amp;titlesonly=0">Deal Alert</a></strong> at SlickDeals.net which'll inform you of <a href="http://forums.slickdeals.net/showthread.php?sduid=328480&amp;t=1339763">epic threads like this</a>.</p> <p>I've earned over $600 cashback since my purchases last year &mdash; heck, that's enough to buy a <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/new-mac-minis-beware-small-gains-at-a-big-price">Mac mini</a>, or a combination of things you deem valuable. Each of us has our priorities; just don't go spending on eBay without this advantage.</p> <h2>Tips</h2> <ul> <li>Many retail stores, including <a href="http://stores.shop.ebay.com/Buys-Internet-Superstore__W0QQ_armrsZ1">Buy.com</a> and <a href="http://myworld.ebay.com/tigerdirect">Tiger Direct</a>, and specialty goods like <a href="http://myworld.ebay.com/novamusik/">Nova Musik</a>, have eBay presences in addition to their dot-com webshops. Compare the prices, and if they and other factors are equivalent, you'll <strong>save by buying through eBay with cashback</strong>.</li> <li>With competing listings around the same total price range, <strong>focus on where shipping is included</strong> in the &quot;Buy It Now&quot; price and (often) advertised as &quot;free shipping&quot;. Why? Because cashback applies to the item price but <em>not</em> to shipping. Try asking a seller if they'd be willing to make a change for you.</li> <li><strong>Watch cashback phases like a hawk</strong>, because when it ascends to a lucrative percentage, many eBay sellers jack up their prices to nullify any cashback advantage.</li> <li>On occasion, <strong>some keywords return higher cashback than others</strong>. Stay on top of these, too.</li> <li><strong>Don't hold out too long if it's a matter of a few dollars</strong>; it's a sort of gamble, as the people waiting for 14% cashback to climb to 20% or higher recently found out when it dropped to 8%.</li> </ul> <p><strong><em>Have you saved big with eBay's Live.com cashback? Have tips for using it more effectively? Let me know in the comments!</em></strong></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/torley-wong">Torley Wong</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/dont-buy-it-now-on-ebay-without-using-livecom-cashback">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-4"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/modifiers-5-things-that-change-an-items-final-price">Modifiers: 5 things that change an item&#039;s final price</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-awesome-art-of-getting-great-deals-online">The Awesome Art of Getting Great Deals Online</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/get-more-money-for-your-stuff-with-these-retail-secrets">Get More Money for Your Stuff With These Retail Secrets</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-money-lessons-i-learned-from-thrift-shopping">7 Money Lessons I Learned From Thrift-Shopping</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/craigslist-vs-ebay-where-to-sell-10-common-items">Craigslist vs. eBay: Where to Sell 10 Common Items</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping alert back buy cash cashback eBay live.com Microsoft money paypal search slickdeals Sat, 09 May 2009 04:19:29 +0000 Torley Wong 3144 at http://www.wisebread.com XBox 360 - Don't buy one until 2008. http://www.wisebread.com/xbox-360-dont-buy-one-until-2008 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/xbox-360-dont-buy-one-until-2008" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/doom3redrings.jpg" alt="xbox on button" title="turning on xbox" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="188" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I know several people with an XBox 360. Six in fact. Three of those six have had no end of problems, and to me a 50% chance of buying a crappy product is just not good enough. But that&#39;s just my experience, surely the overall market would be a little better, right?</p> <p>Well, after looking around the forums and reading the big news sites, I&#39;ve come to the conclusion that the current XBox 360 is plagued with too many problems to be a reliable purchase anytime soon. XBox 360 users are recounting stories of the &quot;red lights of death&quot; which basically happens when the entire machine goes bye-bye. It&#39;s a hardware meltdown. Geeks have even written <a href="http://www.threeredlightsfix.com/?hop=geolt&amp;tid=xrepa224&amp;gclid=CNnxhL2byY0CFRT2YAod6F3KHg">books </a> about it. </p> <p>The recent Microsoft announcement extending 360 owners&#39; 1-year warranty to a 3-year warranty is proof enough that things are not exactly looking rosey for current XBox 360 customers. In fact, a tech-guru from the <a href="http://loot-ninja.com/2007/07/27/today-show-warns-consumers-to-stay-away-from-xbox-360/">Today Show</a> said that this extended warranty is simply a cheaper and more media-friendly way of issuing a complete recall. The story is also in <a href="http://blog.wired.com/games/2007/07/the-today-show-.html">Wired</a> . Ouch. With Apple already taking a bite out of Microsoft&#39;s profit margin, a recall of that magnitude would be a disaster.</p> <p>With some people predicting that Sony&#39;s PS3 would lose the console war, this news may be a much-needed boost to the flagging new Playstation model. What&#39;s more, the $100 price-drop of the console will further help bolster its sales in light of the XBox 360&#39;s rotten press. </p> <p>After speaking to some hardcore gamers and chatting in the forums, I&#39;ve decided that the XBox 360 is off my shopping list until 2008. And unless something significant happens to the design, I&#39;ll probably never buy one. Sorry 360 fans.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/wisebread_imce/Wii.jpg" alt="Wii" title="Wii" width="160" height="130" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0009VXBAQ?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=wisebread07-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B0009VXBAQ">Nintendo Wii</a><img src="http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wisebread07-20&amp;l=as2&amp;o=1&amp;a=B0009VXBAQ" width="1" height="1" /> <p>I&#39;m seriously looking into the Wii, which at first seemed like a dumb idea but now looks more and more appetizing. Perhaps it&#39;s the blend of fun and quirkiness.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/wisebread_imce/ps3.jpg" alt="PS3" title="PS3" width="114" height="160" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0009VXAM0?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=wisebread07-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B0009VXAM0">PlayStation 3 (60GB)</a><img src="http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wisebread07-20&amp;l=as2&amp;o=1&amp;a=B0009VXAM0" width="1" height="1" /></p> <p>But with the PS3 becoming way more affordable and offering the highly delectable Blu-Ray technology, it&#39;s a tough call.</p> <p>One thing&#39;s for certain though. Microsoft has a lot of work to do before I even think of going near an XBox 360. And if you haven&#39;t bought one yet, but are thinking of adding one to your home entertainment collection, please think twice. You could very well end up with an expensive bookend. </p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/xbox-360-dont-buy-one-until-2008">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cracking-the-infamous-mcdonalds-monopoly-game">Cracking the Infamous McDonalds Monopoly Game</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/unauthorized-video-game-hack-may-net-consumers-up-to-35-0">Unauthorized Video Game Hack May Net Consumers Up to $35</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/could-you-save-money-by-subscribing-to-an-addictive-game">Could you save money by subscribing to an addictive game?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-sneaky-store-perks-that-make-you-overspend">4 Sneaky Store Perks That Make You Overspend</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-you-should-do-immediately-after-losing-your-wallet">10 Things You Should Do Immediately After Losing Your Wallet</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Consumer Affairs games gaming Microsoft Playstation PS3 video consoles video games XBox Sat, 28 Jul 2007 02:48:54 +0000 Paul Michael 914 at http://www.wisebread.com Microsoft Office for $3? Third World Perks http://www.wisebread.com/microsoft-office-for-3-third-world-perks <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/wisebread_imce/microsoftware.jpg" alt=" " width="208" height="167" /></p> <p>Microsoft is going to be <strike>giving away</strike> selling their software bundles for $3. Three freaking dollars!</p> <p>From the <a href="http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/business/312287_msftinternational19.html">Seattle PI</a> (via <a href="http://www.seattlest.com/archives/2007/04/19/saving_the_world_one_pc_at_a_time.php">Seattlest</a>):</p> <p class="blockquote">In Beijing this morning, <a href="http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/business/1700AP_China_Bill_Gates.html?source=mypi">Bill Gates announced plans</a> for Microsoft to offer a package of Windows, Office and other software for $3 to government programs that distribute subsidized PCs to students around the world. The &quot;Student Innovation Suite,&quot; to be released later this year, is part of a new push by the company to increase access to computers around the world, and in developing nations in particular.</p> <p>The company says it will sell a software suite containing those programs and others for $3 to government initiatives that distribute subsidized PCs to students in India, China and elsewhere. The suite will also be available to government programs that supply computers to low-income students in developed nations, including the U.S. </p> <p>What&#39;s the going rate for bootleg software in most Third World countries, I wonder - is this competitive pricing? </p> <p>Essentially, Microsoft is trying to <strike>get their claws into</strike> spread their technology across the computing world, partly to be nice and partly to keep anyone in poor countries from using Linux. </p> <p class="blockquote">If the company doesn&#39;t take action, the risk is that there &quot;may be billions of these computers that will not have Microsoft software,&quot; he said. Although Microsoft wants to &quot;make good for the world&quot; by increasing access to computers, it also wants to position its business to be part of the market expansion.</p> <p>There are cynical things to be said about this, but as Seattlest points out, can you see Apple doing something even close to offering affordable software? To anyone?</p> <p>Steve Jobs? Offering cheap software to poor students in Third World countries? No.</p> <p>Yelling at poor students in Third World countries? Most definitely. </p> <p><em>(Picture by </em><a href="http://www.flickr.com/people/jeffwilcox/"><em>Jeff Wilcox)</em></a></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-karim">Andrea Karim</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/microsoft-office-for-3-third-world-perks">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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