Windows boss Allchin: ‘We have no plans to move Vista to Macintosh hardware’

Retiring Windows boss Jim Allchin talked with The Seattle Times’ Brier Dudley about Microsoft’s upcoming Windows Vista operating system.

Q: Is Windows Vista late?
A: We’re on track, as I mentioned, for this holiday year. I will also make a cautionary notice that I will not ship this product if it doesn’t achieve the quality that’s demanded by our customers. So although everything looks great right now, quality will be the deciding factor. I feel pretty good right now and we’ll see how it goes the rest of the year.

Q: Is “holiday 2006″‘ a bit later than expected?
A: No, that’s what we’ve always said. That’s what I said last April; that has been the plan since 2004.

Q: Are there any features you regret leaving out?
A: Well, that’s a hard thing. There’s nothing that comes to mind right now. At this point, literally, I just want to complete what we’ve got in there because it’s so rich in terms of features.

Q: Will you make a version of Vista for Apple computers, now that they’re using Intel processors?
A: We have no plans to move Vista to the Macintosh hardware.

Q: There’s a bit of feature overlap with your new operating system and Apple’s. What is the competitive situation going to be like now that you’re on the same hardware platform?
A: I actually am not sure that sharing the same hardware platform’s going to make that much difference, personally. People may disagree on that perspective. … We’re a massive company. By that, I mean that Apple really has no presence in business, and we think Vista’s going to have a huge presence in business. We think we’re going to help the corporate IT stack save money. We think we’re going to help information workers. And we think in the home space, we have significant advancements that we’re very proud of, in terms of how we integrate with TV and how we do gaming. And most important, we’re super proud of the fact that we’re a partnership-level company where we’re working with ISVs [independent software vendors] and IHVs [independent hardware vendors] and we’re not trying to do it all ourselves. There’s a fundamental difference of perspective there. And so the fact that they moved to Intel, I’m not sure that makes a lot of difference.

Full article here.
So, remember, boys and girls, Windows XP SP3, er “Vista,” is not late, the Windows chief can’t think of even one feature from the many that were promised and axed along the way and are now filling Redmond’s “Discarded Vista Features” recycle bins, security at Microsoft is job one (no, seriously), Microsoft is massive (and moves like it), and Microsoft is “super proud” that they’re still stuck with the broken “too many cooks in the kitchen” model which is why Windows is unreliable, convoluted and they can’t possibly hope to deliver anything close to, say, iLife ’06 or Mac OS X to their users.

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61 Comments

  1. Nothing comes to mind?

    They removed ALL the main features/pillars they were first hyping for Longhorn! And yes, late 2006 IS later than they said before!

    And here’s a funfact: they won’t need to “move” Vista to Mac, they’ll just need to get with the 2000s and support EFI. Which they’ve already planned.

    I love how he’s ALREADY hedging against maybe having to push Vista into 2007. What a train wreck.

    Yeah, their monopoly in business will help them. But it will only help them make money, not make a quality product.

    Can you just HEAR the passion for greatness in his words? 😀

    “I feel pretty good right now”

    “At this point, literally, I just want to complete what we’ve got in there”

    “We think we’re going to help information workers.”

    “we’re super proud of the fact that we’re a partnership-level company”

    Oh boy, sign me up, Vista’s going to ROCK!

    (ps, MDN doesn’t like to load any more if there’s any network congestion. Forget it on dialup: 2 tried to load any page! This has been like the last week or 2. And most fun of all: if the page does load, the magic word often doesn’t. Something is timing out too soon: most sites don’t give up so quickly on trying to send you a page.)

  2. …’And most important, we’re super proud of the fact that we’re a partnership-level company where we’re working with ISVs [independent software vendors] and IHVs [independent hardware vendors] and we’re not trying to do it all ourselves.’

    microsoft ‘a partnership level company’ …PLLEEEEEEEASE.

    you couldnt make the hardware as good as Apple does, thats why you dont do it.

    two words ‘meat-head’.

  3. Wow. Where does one start?

    “I will not ship this product if it doesn’t achieve the quality that’s demanded by our customers.”

    This statement can be brought into reality if you replace the word “demanded” with “deemed good enough”.

    And when asked about what it was that they left out, he replied “There’s nothing that comes to mind right now.”

    Holy Cow! The list of “things to leave out” is longer than “what to put in” and he can’t recall a single one?

    And “We think we’re going to help the corporate IT stack save money.”

    Not real sure though, are ya? I’d be hedging my bets too if I were him. Like, one major virus attack and all he thought they might save is down the toilet. Not to mention all the new hardware a lot of businesses would have to (re)buy in order to run the bloated OS. Remember the old ad that went “Gee, I coulda had a V-8!”? Well, by 2008 I bet some businesses will be saying “Gee, we coulda had a Mac” (and for for 500 bucks).

    One last thing… “we’re super proud of the fact that we’re a partnership-level company where we’re working with ISVs [independent software vendors] and IHVs [independent hardware vendors] and we’re not trying to do it all ourselves. There’s a fundamental difference of perspective there.”

    Boy he’s got that right, a BIG fundamental difference. Another saying, that applies to hardware & software as well as soup, is “Too many cooks spoil the broth”.

    This guy must be from another planet. Or from Redmond.

  4. > it’s so rich in terms of features

    There’s that word “rich” again… OK, so what are some of these features…?

    > we’re going to help the corporate IT stack [and] information workers

    OMG, do I want to deal w/ a company that thinks of its customers in these terms…? What the hell is an “information worker”…?

    > we’re super proud

    Well that’s super… <hehehe>

  5. They’re late coze they need to see LEOPARD before release XP SP3. They need to know if they can compet with. So, Apple kill them with a bit of LEOPARD showing features that they need to postpone xp sp3 again and lost the credibility.

  6. a Windows sidebar that can display all kinds of information such as upcoming appointments, just-in e-mail messages and a clock,” Joris Evers reports for CNET News

    Vista’s got a CLOCK!!, A CLOCK!!!, we’re sunk.

  7. “Q: Will you make a version of Vista for Apple computers, now that they’re using Intel processors?
    A: We have no plans to move Vista to the Macintosh hardware.”

    Thank the heavens for small favors! I’d rather plunge two knitting needles deeply into both eye sockets than install Vista on a Mac.

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