Saturday, August 04, 2007

Quote of the Day #2

Via Daring Fireball, Joe Kissell complains about the lack of plain speaking in Microsoft's announcement of the six-month delay in shipping the new Mac version of Office.
Why can’t a company bring itself to admit any fault, however minor, to say they feel badly about something? It’s OK, really. Your customers will forgive you. What customers should not forgive is marketing speak. I don’t cry over spilled milk. I cry over “The erstwhile contents of the glass have been redistributed in a more horizontal fashion. This was a business decision based on gravitational forces. Information on forthcoming moisture containment strategies and potential new sources of dairy products will be made available by mid-January 2008.”

On a slightly different note, I know that those chaps at MS have been really busy, but can they really need to delay MS Office by six months?

They were already pretty behind schedule; the point about the new Office is that it will be a Universal Binary, meaning that it won't run under emulation on Intel Macs and will, therefore be faster (although only a company as wank as MS could make a word-processing application that runs slowly). Apple switched to Intel chips well over a year ago now: in fact, the announcement was made at WWDC in June 2005, and the first Intel machines appeared in January last year.

Adobe has managed to switch its entire suite of DTP and graphics tools to Universal Binaries and the new versions of Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Acrobat, Flash, Dreamweaver, Fireworks, After Effects, Contribute, Premiere, Soundbooth and Encore were released in mid-April.

Even though the Mac section is pretty autonomous, why is a company the size of MS having problems releasing new versions of only four applications: Word, Excel, Powerpoint and Entourage?

UPDATE: I should point out that personally I couldn't give two shits that MS Office is delayed: I use the free, Open Source NeoOffice instead. And the free, Open Source IM application AdiumX (which handles nearly all IM Chat formats, including GoogleChat, in one app) has allowed me to eliminate the very last traces of Microsoft's applications from my Macs.

1 comment:

Andrew Ian Dodge said...

Well at least they are going to release on the year designation. There have been software releases for the Mac, a year after it is so designated.

Oh yeah? So what has happened for the last ten years, exactly?

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