“Office 2010 is clunky — that’s the first word that comes to mind as I meander around the recently leaked official beta release (build 14.0.4514.1007, for those keeping score). The default color scheme is a ghastly gradient gray blur, while the new Outlook Scenic Ribbon toolbar is a disorganized mess,” Randall C. Kennedy reports for InfoWorld. “But most important, Office 2010 is slow.”
“Is Microsoft running out of ideas? Is it so desperate to keep the cash cow’s udders full that it’s resorted to simply reshuffling the Office bits every few years and calling it a new release? Based on my experiences with this and earlier builds of version 2010, I’m inclined to answer yes,” Kennedy reports.
Kennedy reports, “The idea well has finally run dry in Redmond. Maybe they can borrow a cup or two from their contemporaries down in Cupertino.”
Full article here.
MacDailyNews Take: Microsoft’s done quite enough stealing from Apple already, thanks.
BTW, these are the people who want you to pay them way too much for their bloated, disorganized mess:
• Not everyone wants a machine that’s been washed with unicorn tears. – David Webster, Microsoft’s general manager for brand marketing, commenting on Mac users, April 4, 2009.
• Paying an extra $500 for a computer… $500 more to get a logo on it? – Steve Ballmer, Microsoft CEO, insinuating that the only difference between a Mac and a Windows PC is the Apple logo – March 20, 2009
While the “You’re a Fscking Idiot, Now Buy My Software” is an interesting sales tactic, its efficacy may be suspect.
We have long been 100% Microsoft-free and shall remain so ad infinitum. Do you really need Microsoft Office? Give Apple’s free 30-day iWork ’09 trial a try and find out for yourself.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Dev” for the heads up.]