Is it just me or has anyone else noticed that the Microsoft Office “updates” now take up more space than an entire hard drive did 15 years ago, and their product really hasn’t improved?
I know this isn’t new or news but I was installing the 57.3 MB update today that ostensibly repairs security holes and patches the kludgy mess of software that they’ve paid thousands of people to develop over the past several years and that they now charge upwards of $400 for (I got it free) and I recalled that my first hard drive was actually 40MB that I got in 1990. At the time, I was using a great word processor on the Amiga that had nearly all of the features that MSWord has now, and it took up slightly over 1MB of space.
I never understood how Microsoft turned all of their products into such beasts, I never understood their protection of the code or their lack of attention to security, and I still don’t understand it. But I had let myself start to try and believe the company wasn’t so evil because I have a good friend who works there (I’ve heard employees are treated well) and because of the Bill & Menlinda Gates Foundation’s work around the world.
Then I heard a story the other night from a woman who knew Bill Gates and it made my stomach turn. So here I am again, with very little that’s positive to say about Microsoft. Why do I use their software, you might ask? Just because it’s the standard. And I suppose I’m somewhat masochistic. Or possibly because everybody needs something to complain about that’s really not so important in the scheme of things and kludgy word processors fit that category.