Thanx to Debra over at Contextures for letting me know about this presentation from the Office 365 Garage Series:
I’d really like to know what the message really is here? I know for a fact that the Web app for Excel and Access are sad shells of the capabilities of the core application. I also know that many, many people all around the world are getting daily value out of those full-featured client products and could forever frankly.
It tells me that Microsoft has decided that since very few people seem to GET all the big features of these full products then they just have to dumb the technology down and encourage people to jump on the bandwagon for Office 365 and Office in the browser. They seem to not understand that when Excel or Access solutions are created by one user they get used by many, many more people every day. They seem to look at licenses as only valuable if each and every user ends up developing for themselves alone. The fact is that if users end up doing it all themselves the entire technology will be dumbed down and marginalized (as if it hasn’t been enough already). I have no idea who they might be talking to (if anyone) to get this opinion?
How can any self-respecting software company openly “dis” their own full-featured product in favour of a new “version” (and I use that term loosely) that is significantly less capable, meanwhile abandoning the literally millions of people around the World who rely on the full product in running their business every day?
Frankly in this presentation they drive a stake through the heart of anyone trying to make a living being expert in Excel and/or Access client which will finally mean the end of any support for all those using the product with frankly no alternative replacement.
I cannot believe what I am seeing and I can’t believe how many of the usual suspects of Office “thought leaders” are trying to salvage something out of this debacle by trying to embrace this new “technology”. There is no “there” there I’m afraid people.
And if you think this is just the ravings of a bitter old guy then go ahead and think that … but I am just looking out for all of you .. it’s too late for me.