Saturday, October 01, 2005

newsFlash: Microsoft Windows Officially Broken

I was reading some news at when I came across a very interesting article entitled Microsoft Windows Officially Broken - Microsoft has admitted it!!! (this links to the full article at SmartOffice News).

It's nice to finally have something I can show my Windoze friends that gives third-party confirmation that I'm not a quack for saying that Windows is, uh, what's the polite term, crap built on more crap :-) . There's good and bad news here for Apple, though, b/c if Microsoft is seriously undergoing the kind of changes outlined in this article then they're on the road (although a long way behind) to actually producing a non-crap operating system.

In short, the article outlines how Microsoft VP, Jim Allchin, finally convinced Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer that they were not going to be able to build a functionally competitive Longhorn on top of a pile of shoddy XP code. Perhaps this reinvisioning is part of why Longhorn is now Vista? Here's a quote from the article:

"Windows was broken and Microsoft has admitted it. In an unprecedented attempt to explain its Longhorn problems and how it abandoned its traditional way of working, the normally secretive software giant has given unparalleled access to The Wall Street Journal, even revealing how Vice President Jim Allchin, personally broke the bad news to Bill Gates.

Allchin is co-head of the Platform Products and Services Division. "It's not going to work," he told Gates in the chairman's office mid-2004, the paper reports. "[Longhorn] is so complex its writers will never be able to make it run properly." The reason: Microsoft engineers were building it just as they had always built software. Thousands of programmers each produced their own piece of computer code, to be stitched together into one sprawling program. But Longhorn/Vista was too complex: Microsoft needed to begin again, Allchin told Gates. Allchin's warning recognized a growing threat from Google, Apple Computer, makers of Linux, and corporate buyers - the latter horrified about security problems. Allchin and a small team demanded a revolution in how Microsoft works."

And the plot thickens... :-)
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10/01/2005 06:32:00 p.m.  


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