So by now you’ve seen the videos, read the buzz.
Previewing ‘Windows 8’: Article by Julie Larson-Green, corporate vice president, Windows Experience.:
I don’t meant to sound bah humbug but what disturbs me is who is in charge of making the decisions….in particular a person who historically in the past turned a blind eye to the impact of productivity:
Microsoft TCN – Awards and Recognitions:
‘Even more significant, Larson-Green had decided not to compromise the integrity of Office 2007 with the safety net of a “classic mode.” ‘
Which is — in my personal experience of rolling out Office 2007 to people at my office — was the single dumbest move ever made by a large corporation. In my roll out of Office 2007 all push back was removed once I put in ‘safety wheels’ of a third party classic menu. I weaned people slowly off of that ribbon bar rather than ripping the classic menu from their hands. That classic menu respected the impact to productivity that change made in a firm.
Microsoft you cannot turn a blind eye to productivity. To do so is at your peril. Don’t get so wrapped up in catering to the twitter and blogger crowd and trying to wow the Walt Mossburg crowd. Right now Microsoft is so wrapped up in chasing Google and Apple. Be careful in that endeavor.