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Ian Lynch wrote:

On 6 April 2011 04:41, aqualung <> wrote:

Well, how many full-time developers, working 40-hour workweeks, does
Microsoft Office have... and how many OOo and LibO?

If the answer for MO is, say, 300... and the full-time equivalent for OOo
LibO is 50... then it's pretty much a given that MO will always have a
bigger feature set and be more bug-free than OOo / LibO.  This is a

Probably broadly true but not quite so cut and dried.  it will depend on
competitive pressure, culture urgency, ownership and a range of other
factors. If it was only about quantity of resource input there would never
be any change.


Well of course, Ian, "other things being equal". Competitive pressure?
Microsoft should be fat and lazy by now, but if Steve Ballmer catches you
loafing he will kick your @$$ sky-high. Culture urgency, what is that? You
left out recruitment... Microsoft probably gets 200 applications for every
position filled. And management... Fear of getting chewed out by the boss
concentrates the mind wonderfully. And of course, there is a hierarchy going
up from team leader to project manager to whatever the next levels are -- a
clear division of labor and apportionment of responsibility. Not to mention
"soft factors" like rubbing elbows with your peers every day on the
Microsoft campus at Redmond and being able to discuss something simply by
taking a trip down the hall.

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