Things Microsoft Shouldn't Do: Promise Faster OS Release Times
from the just-saying dept
Microsoft is famous for shipping software late. That’s why it was no surprise when they delayed Vista again and again and again. It’s status quo for Microsoft. So why is Steve Ballmer going out and claiming that Microsoft will never again have this big a delay between releasing operating systems? At the same time, Bill Gates is saying a much more responsible thing: the product shouldn’t be released until it’s ready. Speed to market and the gap between releases shouldn’t be as important as getting it right. Unfortunately, Microsoft doesn’t always get things right either — even with the delays. In fact, for whatever changes Microsoft is pushing these days, it still seems like Vista is going in the wrong direction. With more and more services and applications (finally) moving online, why isn’t Microsoft focused on building a lightweight, easily extensible platform that can be built upon, rather than building up an increasingly bloated, do everything, operating system?