Friday, October 27, 2006

Allchin on what MSFT learned from Vista

A surprising amount of honesty here and, uncharacteristic for a MSFT executive, minimal spin:

Guess it helps to be leaving soon. Anyway, pretty scary what seemingly fundamental stuff about the OS and its dependencies apparently had to be learned. Yikes! I guess the positive takeaway is that it's now documented. Hopefully that documentation is being kept up and reviewed.

Worth the read...


  • What I thought was funny was the seeming victory lap some IE PM was taking in Micronews about how IE has delivered so well and saw the massive growth in the team as a indication of success (not a cause). We suck.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:05 PM  

  • When you consider the mess the old IE team left to the new IE team, shipping anything was a victory.

    Jim didn't mention that debacle in his lessons learned.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:17 PM  

  • What's so bad about this article to have made it on this blog?

    Very honest and quite positive when you think about the future. I like the company better because of it. Searching for ways to self-improve is always great.

    "So we've paid a huge cost, which the benefits for Windows Vista, it's very hard for me to point to one other than if you've seen fast install of a clean system, that's a direct customer benefit, but most of it is all benefits for the future"

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:37 PM  

  • You've just gotta love the way he glosses over a project that cratered as a "reset". Longhorn failed. It's the single biggest failure of a software project in history, topping IBM's Office Vision ($900M spent, squat delivered).

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:57 PM  

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