Microsoft Office 2010: The Movie


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I just got around to watching this tongue-in-cheek, movie trailer-style promotional for a forthcoming new release of the behemoth productivity suite. Its surprisingly high production values and not so surprisingly embarrassing action movie conceits belie the core truth about anything Microsoft does: they have more money than they have sense. Or rather, they have more money than they have taste.

  1. Well, in fairness, I have to say that I thought all of those ads, including the one that got pulled, were pretty good. They were certainly leagues more sophisticated than this movie. Yes, the one you mentioned was “tasteless” in the traditional sense of the word. But I think what I meant was that this Office 2010 movie is almost entirely without originality, wit, or original wit.

  2. If the new Office is anything like its prior versions, it will be a bloated monster that really sucks. The ad attempts to make it look cool to be an Excel/PowerPoint drone. Cringeworthy.

  3. Quite bad.

    They have some other videos that are more in the “infomercial” direction. A lot better than this “trailer”, or most other commercial videos I’ve seen from Microsoft.


  4. Frankly, I got a kick out of the ad and was pleased to see Microsoft lightening up.

    But your remark reminds me of something almost exactly the same by Steve Jobs, in an old PBS documentary, “Revenge of the Nerds.”

    Asked what he didn’t like about Microsoft, he said: “They have no taste.”

    I’m pretty sure that’s verbatim but don’t quote me!

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