Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 4th Apr 2008 20:07 UTC
Microsoft "Earlier this week Nick White, Product Manager for Windows Vista and blogger at WindowsVistaBlog, announced that he was leaving Microsoft. We previously interviewed Nick about what SP1 for Vista was all about, so we sat down with him yesterday to get the details behind his departure, his proudest moments at Microsoft, a few regrettable moments, and more."
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RE[5]: Its all the OS
by ormandj on Sun 6th Apr 2008 05:10 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Its all the OS"
ormandj
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2005-10-09

Ever heard of Solaris? ;) Stability of interfaces doesn't necessitate not moving forward. Look at Solaris 10 vs. Solaris 2.6. You can still run binaries from 2.6 on 10. ;)

That said, because of horrid programming (and horrid programmers who didn't spend the time to DESIGN before implementing), changes that break backwards compatibility are/were necessary in Windows.

I wish they had just thrown it all out and started anew, keeping the good and ditching *all* the bad. They'd have still gotten horrible reviews, but at least there would have been a good reason behind it.

PS - Say what you will about Sun/Solaris, but a lot of programmers could learn something from their design standards. I'm sure we'll see a non-backwards compatible Solaris in the future, it will be a necessary evil - but they've done pretty damn well for having a decade+ of compatibility at the binary level.

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