Nice story from Vanity Fair describing Microsoft employee experiences with the bloated bureaucracy that has come to define the company’s culture. Thinking back to the company’s recent Surface announcement, this one quote stuck out in particular:
A former official in Microsoft’s Office division tells Eichenwald that the death of the e-reader effort was not simply the consequence of a desire for immediate profits. The real problem for his colleagues was the touch screen: “Office is designed to inputting with a keyboard, not a stylus or a finger,” the official says.
By dedicating so much presentation time to the Surface’s magnetic keyboard, Microsoft is still putting a ridiculous amount of emphasis on keystrokes being the primary input method for its newest product. It’s still thinking about tablets the way Bill Gates thought about tablets.