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Re: [News] [Rival] Microsoft Knew Vista Was Rubbish Well Before Release

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____/ George Barca on Friday 23 January 2009 23:09 : \____

> On Fri, 23 Jan 2009 17:30:23 -0500, Jerry McBride
> <jmcbride@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>>I've seen and heard anecdotal stories of "off shored" projects that are
>>nothing but total trash when the project gets submitted to testing and then
>>production. It's either a a break down in communication or the off shore
>>programmers simply don't know what they are doing. The fact the Microsoft
>>put their eggs into the "off shore" basket is about as stupid as stupid
>>gets. VISTA is a failed experiment of CHEAP labor producing a what was
>>hoped to be a world class piece of software... What were the numbers? 5
>>years and how many billions of dollars and what did they get... VISTA.
> From what I have been told the biggest problem comes after the
> code is released. The way the development cycle works is the off
> shore people are hired as coders and then when the product is
> released, so are most of the coders with only a small group left
> behind to help support the product. New coders are hired and
> fired as needed throughout the product life in order to maintain
> bug fixes etc.
> This leads to a total loss of control by the company, in this
> case Microsoft.
> However it does lead to low costs and potentially low quality
> although that does not necessarily have to be the case.

One of the nightmare scenarios that they have is, as you say, maintenance of
old releases. IIRC, they assigned many developers that are good to work
outside Vista*. And it shows.

Compare that to Linux where many companies maintain the code at the same time
and move fixes upstream.

* Had they left the worse-performing developers to maintain XP, they would
potentially break (render unbootable) about 80% of their userbase.

- -- 
                ~~ Best of wishes

everytime you say things like this i just think of that cult of people
who send around .doc files. i dont want to communicate with people who
talk in .doc format, but they do not wish to use something else, so
they discredit those without word. --Ed, c.o.l.a.
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