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Microsoft Office: A Work In Progress

With users in the billions, it's conquered the world. Sales are in the many, many billions; it's the product that helped make Microsoft the epic success story it would become. But Microsoft Office nonetheless remains a work in progress, so much so that it's only three-quarters of what it ought to be.

So says Charles Simonyi, the programmer most responsible for giving birth to Word and Excel, the foundations of Office and, before PowerPoint and e-mail, the way most people would spend their days at the office.

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