Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 15th Nov 2007 19:01 UTC, submitted by Research STaff
Benchmarks "'What Intel giveth, Microsoft taketh away'. Such has been the conventional wisdom surrounding the Windows/Intel duopoly since the early days of Windows 95. In practical terms, it means that performance advancements on the hardware side are quickly consumed by the ever-increasing complexity of the Windows/Office code base. Case in point: Microsoft Office 2007 which, when deployed on Windows Vista, consumes over 12x as much memory and nearly 3x as much processing power as the version that graced PCs just 7 short years ago (Office 2000). But despite years of real-world experience with both sides of the duopoly, few organizations have taken the time to directly quantify what my colleagues and I at Intel used to call 'The Great Moore's Law Compensator'. In fact, the hard numbers below represent what is perhaps the first ever attempt to accurately measure the evolution of the Windows/Office platform in terms of real-world hardware system requirements and resource consumption."
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Perception of speed and functionality
by boblowski on Fri 16th Nov 2007 19:57 UTC
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The interesting question is, why is speed not a sales argument for software? (Or perhaps not anymore?)

Microsoft made a business choice: apparently most buyers perceive a fancy GUI and zilions of functions as more important for their Office-productivity than a faster and lighter application.

Could it be that most buyers don't really use their software at the limit anyway? That if you are -- just like most people -- writing a single letter or making a single spreadsheet a day, and not writing complete sales reports or books, the half hour you can spend with all those wonderful options and functions makes a bigger purchasing incentive than the two or three minutes your letter or spreadsheet is finished earlier?

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