Linked by Kroc Camen on Thu 31st Dec 2009 14:13 UTC
Microsoft BetaNews writes: "Microsoft executives and product managers -- Chairman Bill Gates, above all of them -- showed great technology vision for the new millennium. The company was right about so many trends to come but, sadly, executed poorly in bringing too many of them to market. Microsoft's stiffness, perhaps a sign of its aging leadership, consistently proved its foible. Then there is arcane organizational structure, which has swelled with needless middle managers, and the system of group competition".
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RE: Office-/XBox360 fan speaking
by thecwin on Thu 31st Dec 2009 20:31 UTC in reply to "Office-/XBox360 fan speaking"
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SharePoint is a massive success in business terms. It seems as if they've gotten billions out of a product they've not bothered to spend any money on developing. It's a badly thought out, buggy, ugly and slow monstrosity. The only people who appear to have done any serious work for this product are their marketing division. They appear to be able to sell it to everyone claiming it will solve any problem that they've ever had, and people with purchasing power believe them.

And it is so fuelled by Office inertia. The commercial product is, after all, currently called Microsoft Office SharePoint Server, and Office's built in integration into SharePoint is one of it's most significant selling points.

It's probably a typical story of being released by the managers way before it was ready, and then getting stuck in a cycle of having to support their not fully thought out decisions forever. SharePoint has always had a very interesting and powerful idea behind it, but it's implementation is absolutely horrific. I could go further into the problems that I've personally encountered with it, but it boils down to it being a very immature ~10 year old. None of the problems are due to some design or conceptual problem with it, but it's still one of the most broken pieces of software I've ever had the displeasure of using, administering or developing for.

Also, I do actually like the ribbon, but I don't like the 360. I do own one -- but it's the noisiest appliance I own besides my hoover, or the oven when the door is open ;) .

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