This is probably a relief to some Microsofties. It is to
Again, we won the Feature Wars of the 1980s & 90s. Come 2K we
just sort of looked at each other and didn't know what to do. How do you
compete with Linux? They are copying your app features into Open Source.
Can't compete feature-by-feature there.
So we went and started the
Next Version of Windows. And that's gone on and on. Oh, and another version
of Office came out to the delight of... well, I'm not sure just who the next
version of Office delighted. Outlook looked prettier and Word had a new
irritating reading view feature I had to figure how to shut off. Other than
So the relief comes in that we finally (finally!) have a
worthy opponent shipping code in a feature war. We know how to win
While the competition will be interesting to watch, I hope that
folks do take a chance to ponder as to why our environment is so strangled
that focus and resolution only comes from fear of losing when the competitor
is gaining ground.