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Heads Roll As Microsoft Misses Vista Target 386

Posted by Hemos
from the the-pressure-is-on dept.
A reader writes: "Business version is on time, but the company won't make the key holiday consumer sales season. After another delay in the release of its Windows Vista operating system, Microsoft last week put a new executive in charge of future Windows projects and replaced several other managers. The changes are designed to better align Microsoft's desktop and Internet software teams and get products to market faster." There's also a NY Times piece that discusses why Windows has been so slow (to come out). Worth the reading.
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Heads Roll As Microsoft Misses Vista Target

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  • by Bromskloss (750445) < ... <at> <gmail.com>> on Monday March 27, 2006 @08:49AM (#15002228)
    ...cause I hear Linux is out already.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday March 27, 2006 @08:53AM (#15002252)
    with millions of customers still running on that old version of Paint this is no laughing matter.
  • by David Off (101038) on Monday March 27, 2006 @08:58AM (#15002274) Homepage
    > Microsoft executive Goldberg bristles at the notion that little innovative work has come out of the Windows group since XP.

    Yes outrageous, litte innovative work has come out of Microsoft since Clippy!
  • by Giant Ape Skeleton (638834) on Monday March 27, 2006 @09:02AM (#15002302) Homepage
    Why's it taking so long? Because, unlike previous "new versions" of Windows, this is not just a cosmetic overhaul but a complete redesign of the OS from the kernel up! Also, as somebody else mentioned, updating the mspaint.exe codebase is proving quite problematic :)
  • by David Off (101038) on Monday March 27, 2006 @09:03AM (#15002312) Homepage
    > Vista was also held up because the project was restarted in the summer of 2004. The new work, Microsoft decided, would take a new approach. Vista was built more in small modules that then fit together like Lego blocks, making development and testing easier to manage.

    Wow, Microsoft discovers modular design and good interfaces 30 years after the rest of the world went that way.
  • by aka_big_wurm (757512) on Monday March 27, 2006 @09:05AM (#15002322) Homepage
    I am so sad now that I cant get her Vista for Christmas, I am sure may other of you are and in same boat. Because Vista was the Must have gift this year.

    The truth is that MS is trying to get this on right, and waiting to ship Vista untill its done, at the same time they are being honest with us about ship date and features. Funny we bash them for shiping buggy programs and then bash them for holding back a buggy program.
  • Heads roll (Score:2, Funny)

    by LoonyMike (917095) on Monday March 27, 2006 @09:06AM (#15002328)
    It must be awfully painful, getting your head decapitated by a thrown chair!
  • by hey! (33014) on Monday March 27, 2006 @09:12AM (#15002364) Homepage Journal
    Microsoft conceded that Vista would not be ready for consumers until January, missing the holiday sales season, to the chagrin of personal computer makers and electronics retailers

    Damn!

    I had planned to pick up at least a dozen copies of Vista as Christmas presents. Now I have to find something else for President Bush, Don Rumsfeld, Rupert Murdoch, Karl Rove ... Crap. I need a new gift for everybody on the top half of my naughty list.
  • by geminidomino (614729) * on Monday March 27, 2006 @09:25AM (#15002457) Journal
    I bristle at that statement, too.

    XP wasn't innovation. It was more of the same cruft with an interface that HAD to be licensed from Playskool.
  • by MikeB0Lton (962403) on Monday March 27, 2006 @09:34AM (#15002537)
    Microsoft Windows Vista will be shipping with a free trial of "Duke Nukem Forever".
  • by Herkum01 (592704) on Monday March 27, 2006 @09:51AM (#15002664)

    Plain and simple. I remember when Windows 2000 came out, and that was hyped to the hills as the most secure and high quality Windows that was really going to replace Unix everywhere. Funnily enough, the hype sounded like Vista now

    So instead of recycling code, they are recycling marketing material.

    At least they are recycling something!!!

  • by Akardam (186995) on Monday March 27, 2006 @10:03AM (#15002766)
    Or, hire Christopher Walken as a Project manager.

    Walken: Well guys, Vista looks good, but I tell you what... it needs more cowbell.
  • by dpbsmith (263124) on Monday March 27, 2006 @10:05AM (#15002771) Homepage
    ...take the current version of XP; change the default color for the desktop, scramble the order of every feature in every menu, and add some spiffy new splash screens and logos and a new package.

    Every significant feature of Vista has already been removed, they might as well remove the rest.

    Voila! They make their ship date, PC manufacturers have a merry Christmas, everybody is thrilled at how backward-compatible it is and how little retraining is necessary.

    Nobody will get upset but a few literal-minded techies. Anybody dissatisfied with Windows as we know it migrated away years ago.
  • by gonzoxl5 (88685) on Monday March 27, 2006 @10:35AM (#15003048)
    From the sound of that, this may be the last major Windows release. The Windows name may carry on but it will be the end of Windows as we know it.

    Curtains for Windows ?
  • Meanwhile, in a secret layer hidden beneath Microsoft's corporate headquarters
    [Maniacal brass music from Austin Powers followed by lighting flash with thunder]
    Bill Gates [in an Ernesto Blowfield/Dr. Evil ethos] "Ladies and Gentilemen, welcome to my underground layer. I have gathered before me the world's deadliest marketing and sales representatives, research and development teams, and some guy who does--what is it that you do?"
    Programming Henchman "I'm a programmer, sir. I'm in charge of all the other programmers at here at Microsoft. I found out about this secret meeting from a memo I found on the ground outside the building."
    BG "O RLY?" [leet speek, spoken by an evil genius!] "We'll, you aren't really suppost to be in this room, however, there is a conference with the other programmers at 2pm in the conference room upstairs. We'll chat later."
    PH "OK. Well, I'll see you around." [causally leaves the room]
    BG "Right...OK then, everyone here that is suppost to be here? Good. OK, from the top. Cue the Maniacal Brass Music and the lightening again."
    [Maniacal brass music from Austin Powers followed by lighting flash with thunder]
    BG "As I was saying, Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to my underground layer, I have gathered before me the world's deadliest marketing and sales representatives, research and development teams, and ofcourse our team of assassins. And yet you have all failed me in one way or another."
    [The everyone else at the table begins to feel uncomfortable]
    BG "Yeah, I assume that your squirmming means that you are in a world of shhh. For instance, Mike Nash, you are suppost to be incharge of security technology. Judging by these numbers [wikipedia.org], I don't see much security going on. On top of that, yesterday, I let you house sit for my cat that I use when we have these meetings and today I find that you did something horrible to him."
    Mike Nash "But sir, I fed him, groomed him, I even gave him a bath just as you requested."
    BG Look at what you did to Mr. Bigglesworth [nimblecat.net]!"
    [Hired musicials play Shock-and-Awe]
    BG "You sure as hell can't bath a cat with Nair, and you definitely suck at software security. So I'm just going to cut to the chase and-- DIE!!!!!! " [Pushes release button, sends Nash to the incinerator]
    MN "Auuuuugghhh!!!!1!"
    BG [Sees Senior VP Brian Valentine snicker.] "What, Mr. Valentine? You think this is funny? Is there something amusing about why Microsoft is lossing ground? I hired you people to sell my product. How am I suppost to sell a product if people don't buy it?"
    BV "Well, why didn't you speak to that head programming guy who was just--"
    BG: " SILENCE! " [Pushes release button, sends Valentine to the incinerator]
    BV "Auuuuugghhhhh!!!!1!"
    BG "God, you people make me angry! And when Dr. Evil--er, I mean-- Bill Gates is angry, Mr. Bigglesworth gets upset. And when Mr. Bigglesworth is upset people DIE!!!!!1! "
    [Pushes release button, sends random henchmen to a fiery doom]
    BG "Steven Sinofsky, Jim Allchin, Paul Allen, Melinda, Evil Defective Linus Torvalds Robot-Clone, Karl Rove, man on the other end of the room who flips switches, man with clipboard looking busy, and Satan, I have spared your lives so that we can get this damn thing over with. They say our product is defective, but we are going to do what those insubordinate fools couldn't, were finally going to choose the colors for the box to put the software in!"
    Steven Sinofsky "But what about the software?" [Sees Gates move toward the button with his name.] "Oh, wait, right! Sorry. I forgot, that's what programmers are for."

    Man I wish I was this creative in English class.
  • by Ucklak (755284) on Monday March 27, 2006 @01:48PM (#15004588)
    The parent had this sig
    #include "frickin_lasers.h"
  • by apoc.famine (621563) <apoc,famine&gmail,com> on Monday March 27, 2006 @06:27PM (#15007067) Homepage Journal
    What are you talking about....Microsoft would have to be insane to create a bunch of different versions of Vista. I mean, it would be a nightmare trying to support the different features of each, educate customers about the difference between them, make sure your software worked on all of them, etc. And besides, when you need to program all the features for the high-end version anyway, customers would realize that you're just selling them a crippled product, and refuse to buy it.

    Multiple crippled versions of an OS....that would never work...

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