Ok, the title doesn't really make sense, but seeing that MS Works is now going to be free it reminds me of one of the first organizational battles I had as a faculty member at a small four year college. I was "in charge" of the Educational Computing Lab that supported both general students and the Education departments. I taught the Technology Integration class and I thought that at $70 MS Works would be an affordable alternative to Office for teachers. So, I want to my boss and asked if we could purchase 20 copies (or some number for each machine in the lab). His response... sounds like a good idea I'll support you, but ask the Technology Services office. Ok.
So I ask the Technology Services office and they say "We don't support it." I say, no problem, it doesn't really require "support", I'll take care of whatever issues surface. They say fine, but you have to ask the Campus Technology Committee. OK.
So I wait for the next meeting of the Campus Technology Committee. Their response. You need to ask the Academic Vice President. OK.
So I meet with the Academic Vice President... his response... It's not really a cost issue, but why don't we wait awhile and see if this is really something we need.
Maybe he knew in 1996 (and yes Ryan I mean 1996) it was going to eventually be free.