The Epitome of Bloat…

I just downloaded Microsoft’s Office Open XML Converter beta for MacOS X, and was surprised to see that it was a 24.9 MB Disk Image. The application that was installed was only 3.9 MB, however, I assume that there is a bunch of supporting files that went into the Application Support folders somewhere. As a point of comparison, the freely available docx-converter widget for the Dashboard downloads at 154 KB and post-installation, comes in at 304 KB. While I’m confident that the Microsoft converter is more robust, I’m really surprised at just how big it was.

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