Where did everyone go?

Looking around some of the Microsoft Office internet properties I am reminded of this magnificent classic:

Anyone else notice the slow down?



should we be expecting Office 15 Beta 1?

7 Responses to “Where did everyone go?”

  1. Jon Says:

    “This video is private.”


  2. Simon Says:


  3. Simon Says:

    Sorry, its was a post I wrote ages ago and never got round to publishing. In the meantime it would appear my first choice vid has been blocked.
    Fast off the mark there Jon, I only published it 10 mins ago!

  4. Biggus Dickus Says:

    I think MS has simply lost interest. Sort of like HP losing interest in Hardware ….

    The kind of people who rise to the top of Corporations like MS and HP are “movers and shakers”. They’re not interested in doing the same old thing by nature. It doesn’t matter to them that a lot of people have spent long time developing the old technology for a reason – and that reason is that it is useful to them and to their customers and will be useful to them regardless of how bored these managers are with the technology.

    The tragedy with Office is that Microsoft really does have a monopoly on the desktop applications that people will always need and so if MS continues to simply be bored (like they have been for quite a while) then they’ll be letting a lot of people around the world down (not just us), and with little or no prospects of anyone being able to move into that space and take the business forward for customers.

    This is not like the car industry or the airline industry where there are many companies offering the exact same capabilities in their own products so if Ford decided to get out of cars (not bloody likely thankfully) nobody would miss a beat in moving on. Not so with Microsoft Office or Microsoft Windows.

    Its just pathetic is what it really is. It’s simply a failure of leadership that is overwhelming in its hubris and selfish arrogance. They’re not only failing us, they’re failing their shareholders too. Yet, because the shares are so spread out, shareholders can’t really do anything about it even if they wanted to.

    Microsoft is run by professional managers and they can do whatever they want with the business, because they’ll be paid their bonuses and long gone before the company fizzles to nothing. Sad. Tragic actually.


  5. Harlan Grove Says:

    Windows and Office are so big they can’t grow by huge amounts any more. MSFT needs something new, and senior management is desperate to find something/anything with BIG growth prospects. That’s what their shareholders want. Can a greatly improved Office sell millions of units more than a lightly tweaked Office? I’m not so sure. If that’s the case, the decision to spend as little on Office development as they can get away with makes financial sense.

    No one at MSFT is paid to produce the best software they could no matter the cost. Maybe they were once upon a time when MSFT had competition in the desktop software market. They’re paid to maximize profits, and they have to consider market inertia, e.g., how many people are still using Excel 97 (or Excel 5) with no intention of paying to upgrade?

    Putting this differently, MSFT is behaving exactly as microeconomic theory says a monopoly would. The only way you’ll get a much better Office is if it have less than 50% market share.

  6. Biggus Dickus Says:

    “Putting this differently, MSFT is behaving exactly as microeconomic theory says a monopoly would. The only way you’ll get a much better Office is if it have less than 50% market share.”

    Exactly !!! A BIG argument against monopolies IMHO.

  7. Jon Says:

    Yes, get rid of the government monopolistic tendencies so there can be good competition. AKA, get rid of all government stipends to software companies, get rid of all regulations related to software, get rid of all copyright/patents. Then we can see what a true free market can do!

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