"Unearned revenue associated with Productivity Applications and Developer products totaled $1.96 billion and $1.99 billion." MSFT annual report, 2000
“Konichiwa, Sinofsky desu . . . Arigatou gozaimasu.” – My Japanese language portion of the launch script for Office 2000
The biggest competition for Office 2000 was…Office 97. –Realization at the end of the project
“When your new exec offers observations on the org, the next step is an org change.” –July 1998, my own thought bubble in meeting with SteveB in our fi…
In enterprise software the best product doesn’t always win, but the winning product becomes the best product. –An old saying of unknown origin
Yes, that’s called strategy. Why can’t we have that? –BillG on Sony Memory Stick c. 1998-99.
“Microsoft’s Office 97 contains 4,500 commands for features both useful and arcane.” in “Microsoft May Face Backlash Against ‘Bloatware’”—WSJ, 11/18/96
“Allowing Office documents to be rendered very well by other peoples browsers is one of the most destructive things we could do to the company.” —Email…
‘Personal Productivity’ is priority 6. –Me, in the Office9 ‘Vision’ document
“Execs don’t think Office9 is exciting enough.” JonDe to me in late 1996
“And, believe me, if we could put the keyboards in this closet we would.” –Ford Motors IT professional describing the best way to reduce complexity of …
ACG (Applications and Content Group), AICG (Applications and Internet Client Group), Applications and Tools Group (ATG), BPG (Business Productivity Gro…