Jim Driscoll, comment #48: "...Because at the end of the day, what we're talking about is software that helps people run their businesses."
No fair, that's Microsoft's line. Stop drinking the Kool-Aid. We geeks want software to be beautiful for the sake of the software itself. The software is not "just a tool".
It's like writing English. There's an English that's "Good Enough" to run the business. Then there's an English that's downright stunning in its beauty. I'm a geek. I love good English prose and poetry. I love elegant, clean, and artistically pleasing software.