Microsoft ... Google, Amazon, and Yahoo, not to mention all the Web 2.0 mini businesses, seem intent on waging feature wars that mean a whole lot to a very few and nothing at all to everyone else.This reminds me of what I said in an earlier post comparing feature bloat in Microsoft Word with MSN's strategy for web search:
At this point, the whole tired affair seems to point not to an overabundance of creativity but to a lack of imagination.
What happened to Microsoft Word as features were added for convenience?See also my previous posts, "Tyranny of choice and the long tail" and "The mainstream and saving people time".
It became a complicated mess, so feature rich that even a technogeek like me doesn't know or understand all the features. When I use MS Word, I spend most of my effort ignoring its features so I can get work done. The effort required to exploit its power exceeds the value received.