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RobertoOrtiz
03-27-2006, 01:09 PM
Quote:
"Two days after the bombshell, Microsoft put Steven Sinofsky, a senior VP from its Office division, in charge of developing future versions of Windows. He replaces senior VP Brian Valentine, who's been assigned to get Vista out the door without any public statement about his next project. Microsoft also said Mike Nash will leave his job as head of its security technology unit for an unspecified role."
>>LINK<< (http://www.informationweek.com/windows/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=183702744)

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Tom Wood
03-29-2006, 02:49 PM
I'd never paid much attention to this sort of story before. But now that I've had to learn how to code a simple page to open in both IE6 and Firefox, I can see why the delay is a major pain. I'd always assumed that IE would be at the forefront of development, but it was a surprise to see how badly it misbehaves when setting up a site.

TW

JMulder
03-29-2006, 03:47 PM
This isn't too surprising, as Microsoft sold all of us (businesses) 'Software Assurance' based on a new OS being available before the contract was up, and now they've missed it big time. Somebody's head had to roll.


On another note, I actually met Steven Sinofsky when he was a PM for C++. Really bright guy and very personable. Of course, this was 12 years ago...he may not be as bright now, or as personable...

Beamtracer
03-29-2006, 10:28 PM
Heads are rolling over at Redmond.

Some are calling for CEO Steve Ballmer to take the blame himself, and step down.

LINKS:
http://www.appleinsider.com/article.php?id=1625
http://www.pcpro.co.uk/news/85527/microsoft-employees-call-for-ballmer-to-go.html
http://www.techworld.com/applications/news/index.cfm?NewsID=5648
http://lxer.com/module/newswire/view/57155/



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KayosIII
03-30-2006, 06:30 AM
I have to say that this is a positive sign that Microsoft is changing for the better. The Microsoft of ten years ago would have just shipped the buggy code. It is promising to see them take this sort of risk to get things right. Unless of course I am way off and the current state of Vista makes the original Windows 95 look like it could be used to run a spaceshuttle.

richcz3
03-30-2006, 05:56 PM
If you look at Microsofts Windows development history, the company has never had to face the kind of global scrutiny it has in the last 6 years. From Security, global Government interventions and fines, Industry mandated Copyright protections/restrictions, increased competition (Read city of Munich moving government systems to Linux) and being forced to share key source code.

I can't imagine the amount of second and triple guessing and infighting happening at just about every level of development.

Why?
When Vista is released the usual industry and government hounds will shake Vista to its core to see what New anticompete and security offenses MS is trying to pass off on the unsuspecting market.

mummey
03-30-2006, 06:06 PM
If you look at Microsofts Windows development history, the company has never had to face the kind of global scrutiny it has in the last 6 years. From Security, global Government interventions and fines, Industry mandated Copyright protections/restrictions, increased competition (Read city of Munich moving government systems to Linux) and being forced to share key source code.

I can't imagine the amount of second and triple guessing and infighting happening at just about every level of development.

Why?
When Vista is released the usual industry and government hounds will shake Vista to its core to see what New anticompete and security offenses MS is trying to pass off on the unsuspecting market.

Quoted for agreement. MS knows that their best days for Windows are behind them, and hence that's why they're so desperate to diversify themselves into other areas. Unfortunately, with each new area, Microsoft doesn't do enough to resist the temptation to ty their innovations to their market dominance in Windows, rather than let their new products gain success because people want them.

Microsoft even has problems with brand names: (.Net, MSN, Windows Live, etc...)

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