Lots of people are bemoaning features, lack of features, or bugs in Excel. (not me of course ;-))
Anyway the thought struck me, why should they bother?
I’m not saying they have or they havent. I’m not saying they should or they shouldn’t.
I am asking what’s in it for Microsoft?
We’ll all end up updating eventually right?
How big an impact would it have on their finances?
Whats the cost benefit?
Would that money invested in developer effort be rewarded with
- more sales?
- faster take up?
- sales at a higher price?
- Reduce the rate of decline of MS Offices market share?
- Reduce Vistas impact on OS market share free fall?
- cross selling opportunities?
- all of the above?
I know kudos-wise if everyone on-line exclaimed wow Excel v n is mega super-de-duper fan-chuffiin-tastic, that would be great. But business-wise does it stack up?
And don’t be quoting any ‘quality’ or ‘excellence’ claptrap. Those are great for motivational speakers, Return On Investment is what keeps firms in business.
- Where is the ROI on catching up with OOo in worksheet functions? (or UI),
- Where is the ROI in updating VBA?
- Where is the ROI in making SUMIFS as powerful as SUMPRODUCT?
- Where is the ROI in providing multiple UIs to suit multiple uses/users?
- Where is the ROI in fixing charting?
Personally I think many of these things would pay back, and I hope OpenOffice eating their lunch will encourage them to divert resources to these sorts of areas.
(I haven’t considered the opportunity cost of investing in these over some of their other technologies (search? Yahoo!?), feel free to do so in the comments)
What do you think? On an ROI basis what 3 things would give the best rate return? why?
Is it even worth investing in desktop apps? or do you think the cloud/unimind will solve all that?
let us know