Wheres the Office 300 big ones?

I’ve seen all the fuss about the 300 mil MS are ‘investing’ in margeting Vista.

As I remember, off the top of my head, without checking, Windows and Office are similar operating income generators? roughly about a billion each per month give or take.

So has Office had 300 big ones to ‘invest’? If not why not?

I’d have thought , perhaps naively, that the best way to drive uptake of their ailing (failing?) OS would be to push the premier product that runs on it?

(I wonder then if O14 might have some features that shine a bit more brightly in Vista?)

Have you seen a big budget campaign for MS Office recently? Or are they saving up for O14?

cheers

Simon

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11 Responses to “Wheres the Office 300 big ones?”

  1. jonpeltier Says:

    I suspect the bad press about Vista is more painful and more pervasive than that about Office 2007/8.

  2. Bob Phillips Says:

    Margeting … is that targetted maketting .

    As for JP’s comment, is that because the (real) take up of Office 2007 has been much slower, I certainly see more and more frustrated 2007 user comments every day.

    As for new things in O14, my prediction is that some way, some how, they are going to introduce Silverlight into it. I have absolutely no idea how or why, but I just fear that the love of flashy gizmos almost inevitably leads down this path.

  3. Will Riley Says:

    I am hoping that from a BI perspective, O14 will contain a decent OLAP query tool, as currently there exists none in the MSFT BI platform (unless you can still get hold of a standalone copy of Proclarity that is). SSRS is still crap because it has to flatten out the dataset in order to display it and don’t get me started on Proclarity… oh ok then

    Having purchased Proclarity, possibly the best OLAP tyool in the market, theyproceeded to shoe-horn a half-arsed part of it in to the bastard child that is PerformancePoint Server. And then saying that you can effectively query an OLAP cube using a pivot table in Excel is a bit like saying you can clean your gutters with a teaspoon.

    Every chance I get I am making a nuisance of myself about that….. It royally pisses me off…

  4. Biggus Dickus Says:

    Will:

    “Having purchased Proclarity, possibly the best OLAP tyool in the market, theyproceeded to shoe-horn a half-arsed part of it in to the bastard child that is PerformancePoint Server. And then saying that you can effectively query an OLAP cube using a pivot table in Excel is a bit like saying you can clean your gutters with a teaspoon. ”

    I agree – if they don’t somehow integrate the funcionality devised in Proclarity wihin Excel 14 somehow a BIG opportubity for MS and for the world of BI will have been missed. If not then it would have been better to leave ProClarity alone. It would make the logic behind buying it a bit suspect (??)

    Dick

  5. Harlan Grove Says:

    Bob – Oh, Oh! Finally shimmering, dancing, flickering text in Excel!

    Then again, I’d be happy with a rendering layer above the current one that could process HTML tags so that formulas like

    =IF(condition,”This scenario works.”,”Another failure”)

    would display only the word works in boldface. As for holding my breath in anticipation . . .

  6. Harlan Grove Says:

    Note that in the formula in my last posting I had put

    <b>works</b<

    but the blog engine rendered it as boldface rather than plain text.

  7. Bob Phillips Says:

    LOL! What a nice idea to have that rendering layer, but at the cost of Silverlight … I shudder just thinking about how MS would implement it (animated ribbons just flashed in front of me!).

  8. Harlan Grove Says:

    Hey, if the ribbon’s any good, why not a flashing one?

  9. Simon Says:

    What would they do with the other million?
    assuming the new flashing dancing ribbon wold take a space station full of effluent astronauts many years ‘effort’, and would cost 299?

    Oh I know, a telly ad with some lame-o unfunny ‘comedian’ that doesn’t mention office, windows or microsoft, or anything else that may confuse dumb users.

  10. Simon Says:

    Bob I think you are right, that explains the pointless push to an xml defined UI. The O14 ribbon will be another couple of hundred pixels deep.

    wtfn (why the feck not) they already have a third of a normal screen, best go for a half.

    Small price to pay for streaming video of how sweaty cube dwellers are using the feature you are hovering over. Or perhaps the one their numpty derived context sensitive predict-O-matic ™ thinks you should use next. Its related to clippy you know.

    So what if calc time gets even worse?

    oh and margeting is a Ben Elton dig at sleazy margeteers.

  11. Stephane Rodriguez Says:

    I can’t see Office 14 adding Silverlight dependencies to its codebase. The reasons why is that 1) the Office team never works with other teams at Monopoly (the only exception is when they worked with the Internet Explorer team to create this VML thing, just to make sure HTML generated Office documents could only be properly viewed in Internet Explorer, and it did not resonate well in the end) 2) Silverlight is a fast moving target : a lot of people are working on it, betting on it, so it’s expected to be multiple and fast release. Besides this, Silverlight is more targeted to mobile applications than desktop applications. Being a moving target, taking a dependency on it is asking for troubles, technically speaking (see how little the VS Office team understands deployment of .NET assemblies) 3) the Office team already added a gazillion vector graphics layers for rendering purposes, and they even introduced a new one in Office 2007.

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