__/ [ Roy Culley ] on Saturday 27 May 2006 15:44 \__
> begin risky.vbs
> Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> writes:
>> Microsoft Isn't Run by Bill Gates Anymore
> But he's the chief SW architect at MS. Now that's a joke except for
> the shareholders of course. What does Gates know about SW design?
> Does anyone wonder why vista is a disaster?
I find it hard to believe that Gates has done something at raw code level in
the past decade or two. Even architecture/design is not his responsibility.
He is a media-facing/E-mail person, I assure you. Allchin reminds him how
bad things are.
,----[ Quote ]
| REDMOND, Wash. ? Jim Allchin, a senior Microsoft Corp. executive,
| walked into Bill Gates?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.
If you can't run it, no wonder you can barely patch the bugger. One Microsoft
employee said in anonymity that he has been testing the "dog" for the past 2
years and he was appalled.
Boy, I love this WSJ story -- a crucial information leak. Will prospective
Vista users actually realise that 60% of the code needs to be re-written and
the O/S was developed for only *months*, not several years? It would be very
damaging, if only they knew....
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