Redmond's One Big Vista Mistake?
Several years ago, Apple's Tiger team was under pressure to ship an operating system that would kill Longhorn. Many of the promised features for Longhorn shipped on the Mac's new Tiger OS.
At that time, Longhorn was right around the corner, or so everybody thought.
Now, studying the comments coming out of Redmond, there might be yet another schedule slip in Vista. http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20060728/tc_nm/microsoft_tech_dc
"Ballmer admitted recently that one big, wrong decision led to all the Vista delays. They took a "Big Bang" approach and tried to overhaul all of the OS core components at the same time. That strategy eventually led to a fiery development crash." - Read more from WserverNews newsletter http://www.wservernews.com/index.cfm?id=588
Yet, there are more problems with Microsoft than delays in Vista.
IMO: Microsoft does not have a staffing problem, but a problem in organizational structure, mindset, and ego. Dropping Java to create a new language and technology base was a perfect demonstration of the ego. Billions spent on a lawsuit, developing and marketing new technology, and not to include all the time spent that could have gone into creating the ultimate Java platform. When IBM went through their ego trip, IBM acknowledged the problem, hired a new president, and re-focused the company. Is Microsoft ready to do the same?
Special thanks to Daniel H Steinberg.