Wednesday, July 23, 2008

What's Good is Bad, the Microsoft Way

There are those out there in the world that can't stop their thought process and change tactics.
Sharepoint is so easy to use.
It's just email, Exchange can do it.
I hate Lotus Notes, it doesn't connect with anything or the UI is not nice to look at.
Lotus is dying.
Lotus stopped writing code, it's in maintenance mode.

And in Microsoft terms it's true.
Lotus does not wholly rewrite their architecture every few years and make your software useless, as Microsoft has done to Exchange(a few times) AD, Office, even to a point Sharepoint where MOSS v2.0 was/is required to be running as there is no migration path from it.

Lotus in comparison provides that all basic applications and possibly with some adjustments in code to allow for advances in more elaborate applications, can run on the latest version just as the earlier ones.

If you don't believe me, I can show you my mail file, from 1993, Lotus R3 and still functional.

Can you do this with Jet mail? MS Mail? Exchange Mail(came before Outlook for you young kids reading this)? Outlook(2000, 2003 or 2007)? Without some special preformatting?

Now think of mail or data fidelity and keeping those records and tapes of data. How are you going to use that data if it is not even available anymore when the court comes asking for it? You Microsoft lovers have a lot to pay for, yet again some day.

Microsoft makes a living out of taking their mistakes and trumpeting them as successes! As in my previous post where they proclaimed Vista was only half as bad as XP in security flaws.
Thanks, my car runs on 2 tires now too and I should be happy because your design flaws slashed my tires?

And customers keep paying them for this?


  1. What rattled your cage Keith?

    Microsoft wins on the UI, its the users that matter full stop.

    Microsoft sells to the CEO, IBM to the CIO.



  2. Ian, I don't doubt your insight, and I share the view, IBM doesn't always get to the right person.

    The UI is not the issue now.

    Reading some articles and postings and wondering if execs really know the reality of their decisions.

  3. Of course Execs don't know - that's how they become get the role.

    If you put real experts in nothing would get done as people strived to get the incumbent process / system / etc 'finished' rather than saying 'what the heck, lets do it another way'