After takin' a swig o' grog, Roy Schestowitz belched out this bit o' wisdom:
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> | The new version of Microsoft Windows, called Vista, has slipped again.
> | It was originally going to ship in 2003. Then 2005. Then 2006. Now in
> | early 2007. I'm not surprised, having seen a demo of Microsoft's new
> | programs at an "event" for tech buyers in New York last week.
"The new programs are phenomenally complex, with scores of buttons
and pull-down menus and myriad connections among various
. . .
"Meanwhile, 500 tech buyers sat there in the dark, their eyes glazing
over from the sheer mind-numbing pointlessness of most of this stuff.
The audience laughed out loud when the Microsoft guy showed off a
kludgey system that lets you fetch Outlook e-mail messages using
voice commands from a cell phone."
. . .
"And then there were the hacks. The press folks. Corralled down in
back. Some were just talking out loud during Steve Ballmer's keynote
speech, not even bothering to keep their voices down. Yeah. It was
that kind of show.
Worse yet was the grumbling afterward in the press room. Why the hell
did they drag us here? we wondered. We'd been promised big news and
some earth-shattering announcements by Microsoft flacks who insisted
this was something we shouldn't miss. Instead, we got a demo that was
about as compelling as a root canal followed by a 15-minute press
conference with Ballmer, the Microsoft chief executive who seems
incapable of speaking at any level softer than a bellow. Ballmer took
a few potshots at IBM (nyse: IBM - news - people ), claiming the
computer giant doesn't innovate anymore."
. . .
"Worst of all, I can't believe Microsoft actually held this big
nonevent "event" only a few days before announcing another screw-up
in Vista. If Ballmer knew he was about to announce a delay and still
had this event, he's crazy. If he didn't know Vista was about to slip
again, then Microsoft is in worse shape than anyone realizes."
I wonder if Grug was at that demo, rah-rah'ing like tab on an acid tab?
They've got an old picture of Ballmer accompanying that article. He
actually looks upbeat in it.
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