Re: Dumb-down product
"With storage dirt cheap, 64 GB USB stick for less than $25.00, who needs cloud storage?? Why use the CLOUD - so NSA and others can snoop/meta through all your documents?! Word and Excel on a large screen cell phone or tablet? No thanks. If I'm going to do some productive work - it will be on a 102-key keyboard, mouse and a screen to show more than 4x6 cell area. All the CLOUD hype is just that - hype by storage vendors such as Google, MS and others to make us pay them to store data we want to save."
Personally, I find Office 365 useful. Depending where I'm writing (office, home, train, hotel room, at a conference, etc.) and how mobile I need to be, I use different devices, and Office 365 a great help. But I think your point illustrates Microsoft's challenge.
While I like Office 365, I can appreciatre why some within Microsoft's enormous pool of customers are upset. I think it's easy hyperbolize some of the cloud security risks, but it's still a consideration. And at a more basic level, a lot of people are perfectly happy with regular standalone versions, and they feel (with some merit) that Microsoft is using its pricing and upgrade policies to force them toward subscriptions (though, as mentioned in the article, some benefits come along with that). Microsoft is attempting to execute a large, fundamental change relatively quickly, and it's rocked the boat with some longtime cutomers. Tensions among longtime Windows users get a lot of attention, but some Office customers aren't thrilled either.