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Friday, April 07, 2006

Windows Vista Slips. What Microsoft REALLY Thinks

Sometime when you've got a few minutes for some light reading, take a look at this:
http://minimsft.blogspot.com/2006/03/vista-2007-fire-leadership-now.html

"Mini-Microsoft" is an anonymous gripe blog (hosted on Blogger, a Google product) for Microsoft employees. The entry in question deals with the delays associated with Vista. But it's the COMMENTS (not the original post) that are worth reading. Gives you a lot of insight into what's going on inside the company and what the people working on the product think of it.

A sample:
Basically we do not believe Vista will make January 2007 or even March 2007. Anyone with any access knows what a frankenstein's monster NT is on the inside. At some point there is a law of diminishing returns trying to do anything to it at all, it seems like that limit is being reached today. The release is pushed back because of bugs but fixing those bugs will create more bugs. It is just godawful to be honest. And the process gets in the way at every step.

At some point we will have to do something and i know at least some in my team privately agree with me. We will have to throw out everything and start again. This is what Apple did with OSX, and sure it was painful, but it worked and now they're kicking our asses. We should have done that in 2000. Now it is even more obvious we should do it. Start again and just run a compatibility layer on top. Apple did it with classic why can't we???

IF we manage to ship vista at ALL then it is a miracle and the absolute last rev we can possible do working like this. It is insane the manhours wasted rearranging a house of cards. We need to START AGAIN PEOPLE.
Is anybody still looking forward to this mishegoss?

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