Jupiter analyst Joe Wilcox in a blog posting takes on a Cnet news article.
The Cnet story cites research by an analyst firm NPD about retail sales of productivity software and then jumps to the conclusion that Apple's iWorks has surpassed WordPerfect as the leading alternative to Microsoft Office based on US retail sales. It also claims that the software is a rival to Microsoft office.
As Wilcox points out, iWorks is far from an Office competitor, offering only a desktop publishing tool and PowerPoint alternative. Looking solely at retail sales too is at least odd, because it leaves out direct sales to enterprises (Word Perfect's stronghold) and internet sales.
But the one issue here is that Joe Wilcox himself in the past has worked for Cnet as reporter. It could explain the harsh stance he takes against the news website. I have no knowledge of his past at the site, but he could feel sorry that such a fine online publication is making this mistake, or he could have a grudge against the site because he left with a fight.
"I rally to Corel's defense because this CNET News.com story is spreading, across blogsites and other news sites. There was too much bad technology reporting in 2005. There's no reason 2006 has to be the same way," Wilcox wrote in his blog posting. But in the interest of full disclosure he should also mention his past relation with the site.
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