Microsoft made a visit to the office to show off Office 2007 now that it's finally ready for launch. I'll get my hands on it in a few weeks' time to play it to death.
The executives are obviously very proud of the new look Powerpoint, claiming that the clutch of extra features will end the 'death by Powerpoint' syndrome.
They misunderstand: it's not the software itself that's at fault for the mind-numbing boredom of 99 percent of Powerpoint presentations, it's the way that businesspeople try to cover up sloppy thinking with slick presentations. Offering such people even more powerful features only encourages them.
If Microsoft really wanted to end death by Powerpoint, it should have offered less fancy graphics, fewer new features and a much more clunky interface.