Microsoft’s profits fell for the first time in 23 years, assumably due at least in part to weak sales of its Vista operation system.
The predecessor to Vista is called Windows 7, and was originally slated for release in early 2010.
Now the talk is that Windows 7 could be released as early as July of 2009.
Is this actually because Windows 7 will be ready, or merely because Microsoft wants to make the stockholders happy?
This hot on the heels of reports that Microsoft set records for the number of bug and security patches in 2008.
Microsoft has set the standard for all software developers that there are acceptable levels of bugs in released software, and that it’s more important for software to be released on time rather than have it work properly.
Consider that the FAA is currently developing software called ERAM (En Route Automation Modernization) which will replace the software running the radar scopes at the en route centers across the country. The software is being written by Lockheed Martin under contract, and never mind that there are a lot of critical bugs that have yet to be fixed.
Of course the big difference between the FAA and Microsoft is that the FAA doesn’t have stockholders to satsify with deadlines.
So why the big rush to meet the timetables for ERAM?