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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  1. You know it must be hell working for Microsoft. Going to your work place and having to pass the Mac Lab, seeing all the Mac’s with that superior OS X operating system. Then you have to sit at a PC doing dull little things thinking I wish I was on a Mac.

  2. I posted here yesterday. From inside this beast.

    And I’m telling you the same thing today: This company is so badly mismanaged and unorganized that it’s a miracle the paychecks are printed on time.

    Allchin was the last, best hope — so to speak. When he leaves, it’s just going to be more of the same that happens in similar situations at other companies: The vultures will dive in for the scraps and the others will try and solidify a position at the head of the table in that division. Because it’s a sweet, sweet paycheck, my friends.

    I see and hear nothing here, anywhere, that leads me to believe anything positive is in store for Microsoft for the next several years. The stench of “riding this gravy train to the end of the line” and milking that retirement portfolio is palpable. You Mac users have no idea, ABSOLUTELY NO IDEA, just how much of a visionary Jobs is — until you’ve worked here and seen it all from the other side.

    I have not one but three different headhunters searching new positions for me as I type this.

    Soon, I’ll be able to gleefully say, “Goodbye MS”.

  3. XP Dominant OS

    Courts throughout the world have repeatedly convicted Microsoft of illegal monopolistic and unethical business practices, such as exclusionary contracts, illegal bundling, you name it. Illegally force out the competition, and even an inferior canachieve a dominance.

    See YOU the trend yet, kiddie?

  4. couple more data points:

    since jan 03…
    msft stock 0% growth
    aapl up 900%

    aapl quarterly earnings continually breaking prior records

    0 to 70% market share of music dl biz

    hardware market share has doubled

    30 year history of unrivaled innovation

    and perhaps the most curious trend:
    year after year, ms users brag about sucking aapl’s dust

    mdn mw: end (of ms and its irrelevant acolytes)

  5. One would think instead of having EIGHT different units, or different versions or flavors of Vista, they’d knock it down to two. Server and Workstation. That worked well with NT4. That is what is really needed. They can then have add-ons in different divisions, like an Advanced Web Applications division that will sell you addons to make Vista Server run better serving web apps.

    I just don’t get why they decided to have all these versions. XP Home, XP Pro, Server 2000, Server Advanced 2000, etc, etc, etc.

  6. great quote but:

    The following quotation, or variants of it, is frequently attributed to Petronius:

    “We trained hard … but it seemed that every time we were beginning to form up into teams we would be reorganized. 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.”

    This quotation is not by Petronius; the earliest reference to it dates only to 1970. There are references to it originating among disgruntled British occupying forces in post-1945 Germany (Petronian Society Newsletter, May 1981). The true author is unknown.

  7. It’s not quality you are paying for, it’s just one way Microsoft can screw you. XP Home is the low price, XP Pro you have to give them some exrea of your hard earned money, and XP Server is where you really get screwed.

    They should change the name from Microsoft to givemeyourmoney

  8. Steve Balmer to Johnson, Sinofsky, and Allchin: “Break out the Duct Tape boys, we can fix this Vista Thingie… Now what was it supposed to do? I know, cut that piece off, oh and that one too, now pass me a philips… No philllips, not regular…”

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