Dead in the water innacuracies
MrBioTech questions if Microsoft is dead in the water.
My short answer: no.
However, I don’t have time to engage in a debate or major discussion on this.
I did want to make sure that an innaccuracy in MrBioTech’s post is corrected. He said:
…Mismanagement. By now the greatest features originally touted in the OS that would replace XP have all but been stripped away. Avalon/XAML, the encouraging and allegedly quick WinFS – we will probably not be seeing these features shipping with the plethora of Windows Vista versions to be sold.…
Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF/"Avalon") is part of Windows Vista. (This includes support for XAML, the markup langauge for building Windows Applicaitons). In the next public CTP of Windows Vista you’ll see this.
MrBioTech is correct, WinFS is not shipping with Windows Vista or WinFX in this first version. That is a change compared to the original intent that we announced when we announced WinFX back at the PDC in October 2003.
This is a part of shipping software…sometimes a project won’t be ready when the Windows Vista train needs to leave the station. If so, you have to decide if you want to delay the train, or have the project catch the next train.
Microsoft needs to get better at this. Making big bets, but having a more regular set of trains so that missing a train isn’t as big a deal.
Trains shouldn’t leave every 5 years!