Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 4th Feb 2010 20:48 UTC
Microsoft Now this is something you don't read every day. Dick Brass, vice president at Microsoft from 1997 to 2004, has written an article for The New York Times' Op-Ed section, detailing the flaws in Microsoft's corporate culture, and how they've severely affected the company in a negative way. Telling, and painful. And, in a way, very sad. Update: Microsoft responds. "For Microsoft, it is not sufficient to simply have a good idea, or a great idea, or even a cool idea. We measure our work by its broad impact."
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RE[2]: 10 years of stagnation.
by gustl on Fri 5th Feb 2010 21:01 UTC in reply to "RE: 10 years of stagnation."
gustl
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Microsoft lives with it's Office Product, because of two reasons:

1) It is a good product, fast, reliable and useful.

2) The main competitor, OpenOffice is not as fast and equaly reliable, with a slightly smaller feature set. It is also not as well known.

Microsoft will get into troubles, once OpenOffice gets installed onto every PC in the industry.
Small companies will start using OpenOffice, and carry it towards bigger and bigger sizes with their growth. And Microsoft has only two ways to hinder this development: Stay ahead on features, speed and reliability to justify a higher price, and try keeping the files from getting 100% convertability into OpenOffice.

We will see Microsoft making several changes to the Macro languages and to the file formats in the future, to make sure OpenOffice will have to lag behind in format conversion perfection.

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