Originally Posted by psilopsyche
Albeit this is not 100% applicable in the case of enterprise software development (or perhaps this is precisely where software development is headed), but I once read something along the lines of:
"Perfection is not found at the point where you can no longer add any more, but at the point where there is nothing else to take away."
I've been a Windows user for 95% + of my life, and switched to a Mac last year with the purchase of a 17" Powerbook. To spare everyone from a review like praising of Apple, I'll simply say that simplicity is innovative. Again, I acknowledge that high-end capabilities and functionalities are a must for business, but we all know that Apple could surely create a program as robust as MS Office (Excel specifically), but with the ease of use to blow away any chance of MS recovery. If Apple has been secretly heading in this direction then bravo! If Apple has not, then it's time to get crackin'.
I was reading an article in ComputerWorld the other day about Office, and its competitors.
What they said is that while most users only use 20% of the features of Office, different users use a different 20%. That's what makes it so valuable. One suite can serve the needs of many populations of people.
Simpler programs can't do that.
There is also a large developer community out there making add-ons to the suite. Large companies have their own IT departments write custom software as well.
All of this must be overcome. One reason why Star Office, and its open source brother, OO, haven't made much of a dent is because they aren't compatible with most of these add-ons that these businesses require.
Apple will have that same problem, even if they do develop an alternative to Office, which, right now, at least publicly, they don't seem to be interested in.
Of course, in five years, if the Mac has gained decent marketshare, and the virtualizarion programs have gotten better, or perhaps CrossOver Office has, it won't matter. The Windows version might be all we need.
But, then MS wins there, and we lose.
How many other companies will look at that and think that they could do that as well?