Microsoft employees call for heads to roll over continual Vista slips

“Microsoft employees are arguing among themselves over who is to blame for the delay in the launch of Windows Vista. One disgruntled insider named Who da’Punk voiced his feelings in a blog posting under the heading ‘Vista 2007. Fire the leadership now!’. Last week it was announced that Vista would be delayed until November for corporate customers while the consumer versions would not appear until early 2007. There was further bad news for Microsoft customers when the company revealed that the delay in the release of Vista would have a knock on effect on the new version of Office which will also now be pushed back to 2007,” Steve Malone reports for PC Pro.

“In the posting the anonymous employee complains ‘We’re missing the holiday sales market. Not only did we miss last year’s opportunity, we’re missing this year’s opportunity, too’. He finally signed off with the call for heads to roll at Microsoft senior management with the comment ‘People need to be fired and moved out of Microsoft today. Where’s the freakin’ accountability?’ The diatribe set off a lot of feeling amongst Microsoft employees with several demanding that Ballmer should head the list of people who should be fired from the company. One remarked: ‘Being a 10+ year vet I feel ashamed and sad. This company is a mess on so many levels,'” Malone reports. “Even more damning is the comment ‘Vista – I wouldn’t buy it with someone else’s money. Then again what do I know, I’ve only been testing the dog for the last 2-3 yrs.'”

Full article here.

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49 Comments

  1. is it possible that i feel kind of sorry for MS?

    I think they are doomed, but i feel bad for the thousands of people working there.

    Obviously MS will survive in one form or another, but surely people will be let go.

  2. We Apple fans know what happens when you turn a tech company over to a sales and marketing guy. There’s no vision or leadership, just talk.

    I feel bad for Bill Gates having turned his creation over to him, Bill has to see it crumble and fall. Didn’t we say this would happen as soon as the transition was announced?

    I can’t say Vista would have been any better under BillG’s leadership, but it would have been out earlier I bet.

    Maybe BillG hates Balmer and was sick of MSFT and so left with a white elephant. “Let’s see you handle THAT Ballmer!”

  3. I am no Windows or Vista fan but it’s pretty clear, despite the ongoing problems and delays it WILL appear, and large numbers of people will buy it, and they will have trouble, and Microsoft will go on serving their corporate masters. None of this will kill it or even slow it down that much so talk of “doom” here is unrealistic.

    What is far more interesting is the way Apple is positioning itself in both the consumer/entertainment space, the education space (new emac’s coming), and yes…the business space. You are very likely to see Apps like Pages, Keynote and Numbers (oops not out yet) in a new iWork suite be truly remarkable apps that gain a bigger foothold in corporate america. A LOT depends on Apple developing some kind of replacement for the Microsoft Exchange server…which is part of why business is so tied to Redmond.
    When that happens (and it will)…you will see business begin to move away from Microsoft. It Apple does it right (and prices it right…critical)…they will
    easily sway people since the case for TCO is so compelling now.

  4. if its microsoft, its crap.

    always has been, always will be.

    theres no vision from the top, thats why.

    all they do is cheap rip-offs of other companies work.

    the longer balmer and co stay there, the faster they will rot.

    HAHAHAHAHAHAAHAAHAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. I thought Jim Allchin was Jay Leno’s porno alias.

    How ironic would it be for MS management to decide that breaking up the company is in their best financial interest? Ballmer could be an anger managment counselor.

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