CNet unveiled its first previews of Office 2010 today. From the looks of it, Microsoft is doing what it should be doing best: stealing word-processing platforms’ features and ease of use.
- Conversation mode for email? Try GMail Beta… like 10+ years ago.
- Customizing your ribbon? Okay, I will give that to them, but it should have been in the first version.
- Sharing documents through other online account logins from Facebook, in their case. (Hmm… Zoho allows OpenID, Yahoo & Gmail accounts to access services and share documents, etc.)
- Wait, so I have to buy your license before I go and use your branded, online word-processing? Why even migrate all of my work away from GoogleDocs?
- Oh, but wait! Using their online service preserves formatting between online and offline… oh, because that isn’t a given.
I’m sorry, as a home user, and even as an educator, why should I hand over money for features I won’t use for my own personal work?