Strategy Letter IV: Bloatware and the 80/20 Myth

  • Joel Spolsky


Version 5.0 of Microsoft’s flagship spreadsheet program Excel came out in 1993. It was positively huge; it required a whole 15MB of hard drive space. In those days we could still remember our first 20MB PC hard drives (around 1985), so 15MB sure seemed like a lot.


Software Problem Hard Drive Word Processor Cheap Alternative Virtual Memory 
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  1. 3.
    Linus Akerlund, “Why I don’t like bloatware: A perfectly normal rant.” Linus’s Home Page, 1998. See Scholar
  2. 4.
    David Coursey, “Want a cheap alternative to MS Office? Here’s why you should try ThinkFree.” ZDNet, February 2, 2001. See,10738,2681437,00.html.Google Scholar

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