Linked by Eugenia Loli on Mon 26th Sep 2005 03:33 UTC, submitted by CPUGuy
Windows Jim Allchin, a senior Microsoft Corp. executive, walked into Bill Gates's office here one day in July last year to deliver a bombshell about the next generation of Microsoft Windows. "It's not going to work," Mr. Allchin says he told the Microsoft chairman. The new version, code-named Longhorn, was so complex its writers would never be able to make it run properly.
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Gates is a programmer, and not a bad one. Maybe that explains why MS has much market share: they really listen to their tech guys.

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Agreed. As a programmer, he's able to understand what they're doing and, of course, influence the whole thing.

For example, I cannot understand how people can claim that tens of integrated services inside an OS is not ages better than tens of isolated softwares. That's just crazy.

The problem with Windows is its original design (even NT-based one) has not been drawn with Internet-power in mind because it originates in a period of time when Internet was marginal. So they got hurted by Internet success because it was not easy to convert the whole company strategy (and tens of services) to a different shape in a couple of years while still mantaining compatibility.

The importance of Vista to MS goes much further than its UI or stuff like that. If you go under the hood, you will see that there will be major changes going on which users will never know of but will surely benefit.

For example, you won't need to run your system as an Admin to perform your daily tasks which is not possible now on WindowsXP. Now try to imagine converting a system which requires you to be an Administrator to a system where you don't need that anymore still mantaining compatibility. This is not for casual developers...

I think that MS has hell of techs and company management can actually understand what the hell they're doing (though they might be wrong, sometimes, as most people are...). Plus, having a roadmap for a platform is a lot harder than having a roadmap for a single product.

I think with current BETAs, Microsoft actually showed its competitors that they might be late, but they will deliver so that HUGE task has been almost completed. If I were MS competitors, now that I know that they can deliver what they promised, I'd start worrying about what to do to keep up with a Windows system which will be more secure, faster, snappier and with lots of innovation inside, even for hardware which hasn't been released yet.

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