Well, rp88, businesses, like people, can be thoughtful or thoughtless. If thoughtful, then still can be making mistakes. If not making mistakes, then some particular about the 'new' compels adoption. That would be the same for those not adopting, ceteris paribus.
I don't rant against newer MS Office absent reason, and I'm sure there are those who rant against older MS Office with reason. For me, those reasons don't apply. Maybe they don't apply to the vast majority. But for some, maybe they do.
Example: one big change in Excel is its formatting and charting, each iteration. Some changes are to formulas; new ones which do better than the old. Same, for perhaps the apparently now oudated Access or other parts of the Suite. So if one needs THOSE features, yeah update.
What's sad, is that MSFT could have done everything differently. When they wanted a ribbon, offer it as an alternative interface, rather than replace the interface which people had extensively customized for years (the old MS Office is 100% customizable). Same with XP versus later iterations. That's just a SKIN, for crying out loud. It's because that SKIN was 'updated', that people didn't move. The new SKIN was imposed, was not customizable back to what people had trained and built their business, around using. So MSFT has been repeatedly thoughtless, since 2004.
Analogously, same for some of the innards. Simple programmed redirects or OPTIONS a person could select, and the old software would have kept working so people could afford the time and effort to upgrade. Like, taking a car's essential structure, but offering a variety of car bodies on top. Improving the inner structure, and you choose to customize the outers. Not, moving the gas tank from the back to the front, nor the steering wheel from the front seat to the back. But MSFT didn't do that.
Now, the benefit is, that competing software companies are hopefully learning from MSFT's many mistakes, and are creating good replacements. I don't see them yet, though some versions of Linux seem to make headway. When Linux stops being so paranoid about permissions and so geekily proud of typing in terminal (which has its advantages, but seriously someone needs to turn those typings into shorter macros or a better GUI series).. THEN the world as a whole will benefit.
Anyway, I feel like
Edited by brainout, 25 September 2015 - 03:49 PM.