1. "Backlash against Bloatware" in today's WSJ
"Microsoft May face a Backlash Against Bloatware", 18 November
The Wall St Journal showed that they can actually write a critical
piece on Microsoft (a media-content partner of theirs). In a review
of Office97, the authors discussed the upgrade treadmill MS has its
customers on and expressed doubts that corporate America, still
largely running Office v4.3, wants to go through it all over again.
A few yummy morsels:
"There was nothing from a business point of view that was a com-
pelling reason to upgrade." - N Abdullah, S.C. Johnson & Sons
"You could shoot Microsoft Office off the planet and this country
would run better. You would see everyone standing around saying,
'I've got so much time now.'" - Scott McNealey, Sun
"Guys like Larry Ellison and Scott McNealey wouldn't know a
customer if he knocked them over the head." - Steve Ballmer, MS
The WSJ has good things to say about the technology in Office97,
which takes up 120mb of space on your hard drive, but they say that
many of the current gee-whiz features in 16-bit Office go unused.
Office is Microsoft's bread and butter business, the mule that carries
all of their peripheral projects along (now that they aren't making
easy $$ selling DOS upgrades). MS spent piles of cash developing
it, bringing in anthropologists to study human work patterns, doing
heavy monitoring of beta users, and the like. A dismal failure for
Office97 will be personally satisfying to me, and deadly serious to
Network computers, Java, and FTD's PC debacle are also discussed.
(I hope I can post this before that devious Hyde Parker, David Derbes,
toasts his bagel and picks up the morning paper.)
:::::===== Christian Gustafson
========== Marina City - Chicago, Illinois
========== #include <os2.h>
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