re: Microsoft Office, Enjoy Your Retirement
Apples and oranges, big time. The fact that people need to collaborate, and are using new forms of tools (e.g., social media, mobile apps) to do those tasks does NOT in any way eliminate the need for writing text documents and crunching numbers in spreadsheets.
To Eric L, the author -- I've read your brief reply to some of the comments, and it also misses the mark. While I may agree with you that mobile apps and social media constructs will form a key part of the basis for *new* productivity apps, and *new* business processes, that is not the point of your post/article. You spent hundreds of words talking about existing software, which has been used to address *existing* business processes, and you glibly declared it retired. What a load of rubbish!!! Are you seriously arguing that all the existing business processes, e.g., budgeting, forecasting, billing, are going to be performed using streaming video and location-aware smartphones? Apples and oranges, and I fully agree with OldUberGoober -- not everything is a nail.