What's this? Microsoft saying that the high cost of suites like Office and other software packages could actually be lowered? Believe it or not, Steve Ballmer at Microsoft is saying just that
. Citing “less piracy” and “more proper use” (however you want to take that), among others, Ballmer is stating that many companies, including Microsoft, can take a look at ways to reduce the price of software. Ultimately, he is probably referring to Microsoft's dream of a world run on subscriptions, which would dramatically reduce the initial cost of software, replacing it instead with a monthly or yearly fee. On another note, Microsoft is facing increase competition in many areas, from both open-source and for-profit companies, and often a side effect of increased competition is lower prices on goods. Then again, I would like to know more on what Ballmer believes is “more proper use”, and whether or not piracy is truly going down.