The tech blogs are all atwitter today after learning that Microsoft has been working on their own “Photoshop killer” and had recently stopped work on it in order to focus on other things. OK, am I the only one getting sick of the way new, competing products are automatically called “killers”? How many times have we heard the term “iPod killer” for instance? Oh, zillions. “The Zen Micro is Creative’s new iPod killer!” Uh-huh. Every new portable media player that comes out now is somehow an iPod killer. And how many have succeeded? Yeah, that’s what I thought. Same goes for iTunes. Remember when Napster was hailed as the “iTunes killer”? Funny, they’re struggling to get new subscribers while iTunes jusd sold its billionth song. Yeah, iTunes is dead all right.
The list goes on: Skype, MS Office, Internet Explorer, XBox, Playstation 2, Sony PSP, Nintendo DS…competing products have come out against all these established brands and all have been labeled “________ killers.” Sigh. It’s time to get some new terminology, people…not every new product has to be branded a killer of its competition. (Someone on Slashdot had the exact same reaction.) Besides, the idea that anything can “kill” the iPod or outperform Photoshop, especially something from Microsoft, is downright laughable. *snort*