(unless you take a bigger picture view and consider how many African families could have been fed, schooled and given life-saving medical treatment with the same money, of course!)
What difference is a few hundred million pounds when it's taxpayers money - after all you get a pretty interface
It's because the next version will be 'more compliant' than there current version, which doesn't meet their MOOXML 'standard', they are re-witting the 'standard' because it didn't pass ISO under scrutiny - now they have to re-write their next product to keep up.Quote:
And that investment by microsoft is increasing for the next version.
Let's put that spend in perspective. Sun spent $500 million dollars developing the entire Solaris 10 OS, an operating system powering some of the largest web server farms and mission critical applications all over the world. Developing a OS that has to scale to up to 144 processors is no mean feat - even if it wasn't a from-the-ground-up reworking.
That's considerably less than what it cost for microsoft to update a product that is fundamentally a set of tools that allows people to create documents, spreadsheets and presentations. The way people use office hasn't changed drastically despite the ribbon interface and re-workings - infact they actually took away the traditional office web development option with the EoL of frontpage, so i just can't get my head round the numbers involved - and where the hell the money has gone, particularly as sun can get an entire operating system in solaris 10 out of the door for a comparatively modest spend.