.... but you have to admit that it's going to take a mighty big course correction to fix their problems.
I knew they were done when
However, my main complaint is that Microsoft has not done enough to fix the sluggish performance of Windows on machines that by the standards of ten years ago are practically super computers.
There was an article here on Slashdot four or five years ago referencing a blog post by a Microsoft Kernel developer (I looked but couldn't find it in order to provide a link) but the blog post essentially said that the Windows kernel was just not written to take advantage of multi-core / hyper-threading enabled cpu's and that the kernel needed a complete overhaul to fix the problem.
Is this it?: http://slashdot.org/story/10/03/21/2345243/Multicore-Requires-OS-Rework-Windows-Expert-Says and more recently in May: http://tech.slashdot.org/story/13/05/11/1430259/microsoft-developer-explains-why-windows-kernel-development-falls-behind
I do think "the crew" threw him off the ship realizing that the iceberg is getting closer and closer by the day. I don't buy that he retired.
I know it is not a popular opinion, but I think it is important that Microsoft be a relevant technology company. I am not sure they are right now. They feel like RIM a few years ago. "We are still relevant, look new things!"