Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Bill Gates vision for Office 14

Read about Bill's vision for Office, in my humble opinion it seems less like a vision and more like a strategy to marginalize Google in the online Office aps space. Decide for yourself.

9 comments:

ZeBeDee said...

Given that Access 2007's were more for power users, an emphasis on developers for Office Next is interesting.

However, the acronym ISV spells bad things to me: ISVs are very different creatures to developers (the V stands for vendor, ie, salesman).

As any one who has signed up for the MS ISV Initiative knows, the website and the shipments consist of quagmire of sales speak better suited to someone with a secretarial brain rather than a developer brain (no disprespect to secretaries, I am amazed at how they find things that I no longer remember ever existed).

My point is: When MS talks of developers, they are thinking of teams of developers with a secretarial taskforce behind them, working on projects of US$100,000 +.

They are NOT thinking of me. I would be delighted to be proven wrong!

ZeBeDee said...

Sorry, should say:

Given that Access 2007's IMPROVEMENTS...

Richard Rost said...

I'm still upset with Microsoft for all of the UNNECESSARY interface changes they made with Office 2007. They took a perfectly good interface that has been in use for over a decade and changed it when it didn't need change.

Steve said...

It looks like Richard Rost has not used Office 2007 yet - the interface changes are awesome!

For those interested, the videos referenced here are worth seeing.

Anonymous said...

The problem with the ribbon is that MS arrogantly forced this choice onto its customers, when many were perfectly happy with the older menu and toolbar interface.

A less-arrogant MS would have given the user a choice, or included the menu functionality as an add-in, in the same way that the classic menus for Access product does (see http://www.addintools.com/english/menuaccess/ ).

Another major new functionality that I want to see is a way to have Access create usable Web front-ends automatically, with the same functionality as the classic desktop-based product.

Last, I want to see a fully object-oriented front-end for the Access Developer Environment, possibly based on the .NET framework, which would work side-by-side with the existing VBA functionality.

Implementing these new proposed features would go a long way to cementing my use of Access for the coming years.

Anonymous said...

Steve -
The interface changes are awesome all right....an awesome mistake!

Garry Robinson said...

The interface changes in Access 2007 were all about keeping consistency with Word and Excel. Without that Access would have been dumped. The other changes were for Access to communicate with Sharepoint server, Microsofts new cash cow. From inside accounts, Excel was slated to do this at one stage but Access took over the role because of its Linked tables technology

逆円助 said...

さあ、今夏も新たな出会いを経験してみませんか?当サイトは円助交際の逆、つまり女性が男性を円助する『逆円助交際』を提供します。逆円交際を未経験の方でも気軽に遊べる大人のマッチングシステムです。年齢上限・容姿・経験一切問いません。男性の方は無料で登録して頂けます。貴方も新たな出会いを経験してみませんか

精神年齢 said...

みんなの精神年齢を測定できる、メンタル年齢チェッカーで秘められた年齢がズバリわかっちゃう!かわいいあの子も実は精神年齢オバサンということも…合コンや話のネタに一度チャレンジしてみよう