I nearly lost my swill of coffee yesterday morning seeing how “news” outlets and pundits alike all just took a small website’s word for fact that Microsoft was rewriting 60% of Windows Vista. Now, now… anyone with a small amount of project management sense knows if you take a swag of the # of developers in Windows org and the # of lines of code that would need to be rewritten, then factor in the amount of time left to do this and QA work required, it’s a silly proposition. So, my BS-meter went way off scale and broke. This should be a reminder not to believe everything you read on the Internet.
Oh and I’m disappointed in a certain member of the digerati who appears to baiting Robert Scoble over the 60% rewrite (and others), calling into question Robert’s credibility and instincts (by the way, the saying is “reap what you sow”, not “sew”). I used to sing this person’s praises. Sour grapes because he’s upset he wasn’t invited to a meal with Bill Gates? Possibly. Trying to rattle cages? My read: Yes. Unsubscribed? Yes.
As for the annnouncement that consumer Windows Vista will ship in January, yes, I was disappointed too. But at the end of the day, I’m a cup-half-full kinda guy. What this tells me is that our management realizes just how important quality and security is in this release over near-term revenue and the pressures of the marketplace looking for a bump this holiday season. I know there are a lot of frustrated people right now, but I have to give some credit to those that are holding the line.