__/ [ Peter ] on Wednesday 08 March 2006 07:22 \__
> Roy Schestowitz wrote:
>> IBM will not use Windows Vista - but will move to Linux desktops
> Perhaps Vista will be the largest product debacle since the previous one 49
> years ago:
Why go half a century into the past. A decade should suffice:
I'll repeat a quote that I really fancy:
| REDMOND, Wash. ? Jim Allchin, a senior Microsoft Corp. executive,
| walked into Bill Gate's office here one day in July last year to deliver
| a bombshell about the next generation of Microsoft Windows.
| "It?s not going to work," Mr. Allchin says he told the Microsoft
| chairman. The new version, code-named Longhorn, was so complex its
| writers would never be able to make it run properly.
| The news got even worse: Longhorn was irredeemable because Microsoft
| engineers were building it just as they had always built software.
| Throughout its history, Microsoft had let thousands of programmers each
| produce their own piece of computer code, then stitched it together into
| one sprawling program. Now, Mr. Allchin argued, the jig was up. Microsoft
| needed to start over.
Source: Wall Street Journal, September 24th, 2005.