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This one’s for Bob Balaban

In one of my favorite posts of 2009 Bob goes to town on the use of on-premise v. on-premises when talking about the “yeah cloud“. Not only is it entertaining but it’s also something IT folks should know cold.

Fast-froward two years and not only am I careful when using the term but I also instruct those I work with to also know the difference. So it was with surprise to find that Microsoft is using the term on their BPOS front page

Microsoft Business Productivity Online Standard Suite is a set of messaging and collaboration tools, delivered as a subscription service, that gives your business rich capabilities without the need to deploy and maintain software and hardware on-premise. These online services are designed to help meet your needs for robust security, all-day every-day reliability, and user productivity.

Typo? Or is Microsoft mainstreaming the grammatically incorrect term?

“The sometimes-used term “on-premise software” is grammatically incorrect because the word premises is already singular rather than plural.” – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/On-premises_software