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Oren’s Laws of Microsoft

  1. You can always see them coming.
  2. They never get it right the first time.
  3. They never go away (unless the market is proven not to exist).

Via Due Diligence

A lot of truth there.  It’s fairly easy to predict where they will go, and that V1 (and V2, for that matter) will lag the market needs.  That’s actually their development methodology!  Ship version 1, and see how customers like it.  With version 2, fix the problems in version 1.  And version 3 is the one to do the wide ranging exploration of the possibilities of a product.  Excel 3, for instance, introduced the autosum feature.


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