posted by camo on Tue 12th Feb 2008 04:03
Conversations Having a good think last night about this very question. Apart from the obvious 'money spending answers', what would you change about their software (Windows especially), licensing issues, etc, and would you open source it?

Personally, the first thing I would do was to get rid of windows activation (grrrr..) and relax the license to allow for use on more than one computer, but only on computers that the licensed user owns (or maybe family owned computers), and only for non-commercial-use.

Would I open source Windows? Not at first, but I would open source Windows after seeing the pitchforks and torches of the shareholders as they break down my fence chanting <insert profanity here> as my last dying wish.
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by Downix on Tue 12th Feb 2008 18:08 UTC
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Seriously pondering this for a bit. Microsoft might look strong on paper, but there is an under-reporting of corporate issues, too many dead-end R&D, not enough bug correction.

First thing I would do is do a flash freeze on new API development. Instead I would focus efforts on fixing the current software, tightening it up, increasing it's strength and robustness, and where possible, reducing it's size to enable better performance. In addition, I would drop the DRM system currently in place, as what that does is open up the company to liability in the future.

I would migrate from the current shrink-box approach to software to a software-leasing program, with the option of purchase. I would also break up applications into necessary bits. Don't do a lot of office work, but do need to type up a letter once in a while, home suite. Busy office with thousands of systems, Professional, and so on. The OS is then identical, the difference becomes what is installed with it. Similar in principle to the XBox Live system, but now applied company wide.

I would also work hard with the OS X and Linux folk to ensure that WINE is fully compatible, and that a version of Microsoft Live was native to both platforms.

but, that is just if I was in charge of Microsoft.... 8)

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