It's nice to see that Microsoft's Bill Gates experiences the same frustration with Microsoft's software that many of us do. In a fascinating email that Gates sent back in 2003 (which came to life through the antitrust proceedings), he takes his executive team to task for making it amazingly hard to buy and use Microsoft's Moviemaker software.
After weathering a storm of pain to download the product, feeling like he's finally on the cusp of getting his software but discovering instead that he was being asked to download garbage, Gates writes:
Someone decided to trash the one part of Windows that was usable? The file system is no longer usable. The registry is not usable. This program listing was one sane place but now it is all crapped up.
But that is just the start of the crap. Later I have listed things like Windows XP Hotfix see Q329048 for more information....What an absolute mess.
I don't cite this to criticize Bill Gates. If anything, this candor is wonderful and indicative of what any software executive should be saying about his company's software in an effort to make it better. Intel's Andy Grove used to suggest that "only the paranoid survive." In Bill Gates' case, he might insist that "only the hyper-critical survive."
Microsoft has its problems. It's good to see that the company may well see those problems more acutely than its customers do.
It's also interesting to peer behind the Microsoft firewall to see that there may not always be some grand, nefarious plan behind the things Microsoft does.… Read more