Microsoft Releases Office
I remember those days. The days when word processors hit mainstream. I was mesmerized. I had spent years fussing with typewriters, white-out, scissors, trips to the copy store. Huge time was wasted.
To be fair, I liked writing – it was just the process of re-writing with a typewriter that was an issue. Microsoft wasn’t first.
WordPerfect ruled the word processing world for some time. Microsoft had a tough struggle to overcome WordPerfect.
I was an early user of Office. I embraced those whole suite. That is because I also switched my spreadsheet program from Lotus to Excel.
Decades later the world of software is moving faster than ever
It isn’t trivial to innovate with the Office. First, it is huge in it’s code base and there are hundreds of millions of users. Everything must be as perfect as possible with previous versions. It is very difficult to innovate with such a big product. Kind of like changing jet engines while in flight.