Posted by: drew | March 27, 2006

Insider Revolt at Microsoft Brewing?

Very interesting, an anonymous MS employee writes in his/her blog about his/her frustration at the delays in getting MS Office 2007 and Vista, the next Operating System, out the door. Both are slipping to 2007. Even more interesting than the blog entry are the comments below it written by other MS insiders and outsiders.

In my afternoon daydream, after Allchin's email went out, I imagined all the L68+ partners from the Windows division gathered together and told, "You are our leadership. When we succeed, it is directly because of how you lead and manage your teams. When we fail, it is directly because of how you lead and manage your teams. We've had enough of failure and we've had enough of you. Drop off your badge on the way out. Your personal belongings will be dropped off at your house. Now get out of my sight."

Sigh. Well, I'd settle for the version: "…When we fail, it is directly because of how you lead and manage your teams. We reward success. We do not reward failure, especially sustained failure that has directly affected this company, its future, and its stock price. You will not receive any incentives this year. You will not receive a bonus. You will not get a raise. You will not be awarded stock."

People need to be fired and moved out of Microsoft today. Where's the freakin' accountability?

Apparently MS is having trouble coming up with a user-friendly sales pitch as to why Joe Customer should give a s**t about Vista. Missing the XMas season means more machines will be sold with XP on them, which makes convincing consumers to load up Vista that much harder.

In the meantime, the discussion of how you'd sell Vista in 30-seconds to a non-techy consumer hasn't come up with much Abbie-understandable reasons other than "cooler games!" Sure, Abbie probably spends a lot of time with solitaire and minesweeper, so that's good. But most of it focuses either on issues so deep and technical that the average consumer is going to shrug and say, "Hell, I don't think I need any of that!" or on issues that make you think that XP is a ticking time-bomb of unstable code ready to explode 1s and 0s over anyone who looks at it wrong. And as for Alpha Geeks and super-users, it sounds like LUA is going to be a daily pain in the patootie.

The good news? Well, we've got plenty of time to conjure up reasons why Vista is going to be better than XP in a way that anyone can understand and agree with. Plus $500 million to spend doing it.

Oy. Oy. Oy.

For those of you who are tech-saavy, here's an interesting article on why Vista Won't Suck. This article gives a lot of reasons that will mean something to those who understand memory architecture/usage, etc.

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