Socio-Economy Effects On Software Industry

BEIJING, CHINA - APRIL 18:   Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates (R) visits the Chaoyang District Disease Control and Prevention Center, to learn about the HIV/AIDS prevention work being carried out in China on April 18, 2007 in Beijing, China. Bill Gates is visiting China from April 18 to 21 to improve the relationship between Microsoft and the industrial communities and government of China.  (Photo by China Photos/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Bill GatesImage by Getty Images via DaylifeWhen Bill Gates mentioned that the PC market has captured approximately 1 billions of the world's population, he was hinting that there would be a challenge to reach the other 4 billions.

So, is the software industry hitting a point of saturation, where people who ought to have softwares and PC are already equipped with ? Software companies need to keep selling by inventing new features. But we don't know how many of those are new markets.

The problem is that even though credit facilities are abundant, how many of those 4 billions have enough time to use computer ?

Let's just focus on Malaysia, with the recent petrol fuel rise and the reactions of here and here. It is not rhetorical to suggest that some people just have no mood about anything else, except for making ends meet.

This brings me to another realization that differences is all that matters now, it is the ultimate survival guide. Bill Clinton suggested that the world is in conflict because our differences matter more. I truly agree with him. Differences is responsible for wars and all sorts of troubles that we would ever feel, hear and see in this world.

But without differences, capitalism would helm its highest peak. Means that Microsoft may probably be selling just about everything to the 1 billions people. It is because of differences which other companies like Adobe, Oracle, Peoplesoft, SAP and etc have respective market shares in the entire software industry. And worst still, people just have no time to think about the common thing which what competitors may have to offer.,given that people simply don't have enough time to keep trying out something else. For example, Microsoft Office is the champion of Office automation for the reason that it has been around for some time and it is widely available. OpenOffice is not inferior, but how many of us would have enough time to experiment with it and create a culture which would be strong enough to make break the 'monotony' of Microsoft Office.

Yes, it is boring but do people really care ? I just want to get the job done and go home. Worst still, if I have to get another job to make ends meet, what is there left for me to explore ?

Thus, same goes to Adobe Dreamweaver, Adobe PhotoShop, Adobe Acrobat, Crystal Report, AutoCad, SAP and all the number one brand-model of respective software categories in the world. Who really have enough time for the second or third place ?

Even as a software evangelist, I don't that much time to experience with all of it.

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