Microsoft reorganizes moribund Windows unit

“Microsoft Corp. announced a broad reorganization Thursday of the unit that produces its flagship Windows operating system, two days after the company said the new consumer version of Windows would not be ready for the holiday season as planned,” Allison Linn reports for The Associated Press. “The company said a reorganized Platforms and Services division will be made up of eight new and existing groups, including the Windows and Windows Live Group, led by Steven Sinofsky, who currently heads development of company’s Office business software system. Other groups will focus on core operating system, online business products, and the servers and software tools businesses.”

“Vista will be the first new version of Windows since XP was released in late 2001. Some analysts had originally expected Vista to launch as early as 2003. But the system release was delayed, first by a companywide effort to improve security of all Microsoft products. At another point, Microsoft also decided to attempt to overhaul the operating system so it would be easier to add new features,” Linn reports. “Over time, the company has scaled back its goals for Vista, deciding not to ship the product with an advanced system for storing and organizing data, called WinFS. Microsoft does plan improvements to how users can find things like pictures, e-mails and documents, but the more sophisticated WinFS system won’t be added until later.”

Linn reports, “As previously announced, Jim Allchin, co-president of the Plaforms and Services division, will retire next year. Until then, he and co-president Kevin Johnson will continue to lead the division, while Sinofsky will focus on planning future versions of Windows.”

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Microsoft’s flagship is a submarine outfitted with screen doors. Until next year, Allchin and co-president Kevin Johnson will continue to lead the division? “Lead” as in, “the initiative in an action; an example for others to follow, show (someone or something) the way to a destination” or “lead” as in, “a heavy ductile metal; leaden: sluggish, heavy, lumbering, slow, burdensome, cumbersome, boring, dull, unimaginative, uninspired, monotonous, heavy, labored, wooden, lifeless, plodding, depressing, and oppressive?”

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56 Comments

  1. “I was to learn later in life that we tend to meet any new situation by reorganizing; and a wonderful method it can be for creating the illusion of progress while producing confusion, inefficiency, and demoralization.”

    Detronius Arbiter, 210 BC

  2. The reason XP is Dominant OS is because it’s a licensed OS!!!

    Non-Licensing OS with High Cost Quailty PC vs. Licensing with Low Cost Poor PC’s.

    That’s why XP is Dominant. Not because it’s better, but because it’s cheaper.

    Remember kids, Cheaper does not equal better.

  3. “I was to learn later in life that we tend to meet any new situation by reorganizing; and a wonderful method it can be for creating the illusion of progress while producing confusion, inefficiency, and demoralization.”

    Detronius Arbiter, 210 BC

    Great quote. This is Mycrowsoft’s third reorganization in the last 6 years.

    The problem with the first two is that Ballmer and Gates remained at the head of Mycrowsoft.

    Windows is a reflection of the Company that produced. Bloated, disorganized, undocumented and built on a weak foundation.

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