Microsoft recently announced it has acquired a company called Intentional Software – a company that develops platforms and team based applications. What’s the big deal about that I hear you ask, Microsoft buys businesses all the time. Yes it does; but with this purchase they are also effectively re-hiring Charles Simonyi – A former Microsoft employee who oversaw the creation of what is probably Microsoft’s two best software products, Excel and Word. He joined Microsoft in 1981 and ran the applications group overseeing the development of their famed Office suite, which pretty much revolutionised how we use computers for everyday tasks and work.
Microsoft intentional acquisition for software, will this draw an end to office?
He left in 2002 to set up his own business but over the past 2 years they have been working closely with Microsoft which ultimately led to this acquisition.
As a huge fan of Excel and Word I’m excited to see if this means we will see some advancements in these applications – as let’s be honest aside from the layouts and look of these programs they haven’t really changed much over the years, or is it simply a case that they got it right first time? In the same way that sharks haven’t evolved for thousands of years because from day one they pretty much nailed being a scary, vicious killing machine; did the same happen with these software tools that we use every day? Let’s hope not, I for one would love to see some advancements in these tools that make them even better.