My dad, after a 20 year career as a New York City firefighter, went back to school and became an accountant. He was an early adopter of technology in his practice, buying a computer in 1987 and getting some of the earliest versions of tax prep software. To do the bookkeeping for some of his business clients, he used a DOS-based program called One Write Plus.
The program went over to Windows, but he never liked that version, so he stuck with DOS. He wasn't alone. Lots of people liked the old version better and stuck with it. Eventually, support for the OWP DOS version was discontinued, but he kept on truckin'. I'd bet anything he was one of the last active users of the program.
In the desktop software world, you could do that. You bought a version that you liked and you could use it for as long as you liked regardless of what happened to the underlying company. In a cloud world, software has a continuous cost of upkeep. When the company dies, the software dies. That frustrates a lot of users.
Today, one of my portfolio companies, Editorially, announced that it was shutting down. I can't say enough about the terrific job that Mandy, David, Jason and their team did to create a product that many people loved. Twitter is full of some really great things people had to say about it.
Very bummed by @GetEditorially’s shuttering. It’s been extremely useful for us @dribbble. http://t.co/Lir2hL072I What a team.
— Dan Cederholm (@simplebits) February 13, 2014
Sad to see @GetEditorially is shutting down. Feel like it was the first tool that GOT web collaborative writing http://t.co/75f63luSdg
— Al Shaw (@A_L) February 13, 2014
Oh no! @editorially is closing down. I wrote my entire book in that. It was such a good app. What a shame :(
— Paul Boag (@boagworld) February 13, 2014
Unfortunately, the market turned out to be smaller than we had hoped for the potential paid features of the product, so it has to go away. It would [...]