Earlier this week, former Microsoftie and leading shooter James Whittaker turned to Medium to post their thoughts on Microsoft and its culture with "Speaking Truth to Power: Reflections on My Career at Microsoft." It is worth reading, as Whittaker not only provides a bit of history and knowledge about the current corporate structure of Microsoft, but also offers some legitimate criticism.
The publication has quickly become fodder across the technosphere for a broader discussion of "why Windows is a disaster." Whittaker regrets that "made men" (with obvious correlations with the version of the tenure mafia, where once you're inside, you're ready for life), you still have strong control in the company. Especially in the oldest and historically most powerful stronghold of the old guard's power, Windows, is still plagued by made men, says Whittaker:
It is worth noting that cultural transformation did not occur in places, such as Windows, where Nadella He simply rearranged the sunbeds made by men. Instead of following his playbook on changing culture, he simply exchanged Windows men for Windows Phone men. The same unable people, over the course of a decade to design a winning strategy for mobile devices, suddenly took charge of developing a winning strategy for the desktop. The surprising result is that Windows continues its tradition of boring software with constantly fake errors and updates. The made men are not repairable, and the true talent of Windows, and the diversity of ideas that it possesses, remains anonymously buried under layers of men made over.
We will not go into the politics of the old days. White men run damn near everything, and how that should change, except to say that it is a problem that extends far more than Windows or Microsoft (it can be especially prevalent in Windows, of course). This is also not about the relative importance of Windows to Microsoft. It is clear that while Windows is and will be crucial as a desktop operating system in the coming years, the forefront of computing no longer flows through Windows. The best and brightest minds are working on AI and IoT and Azure and beyond, and this is how it should be.
However, what we want to focus on is the state of Windows itself. Regardless of the culture that produces it, or its relative importance to the company, is Windows really a disaster?
First, a little history: in 2014, Microsoft eliminated its three-level approach to software development. , creating a new “Combined Engineering” approach that eliminated the “Software Development Test Engineer (SDET) from the SDE / SDET / PM paradigm. This placed the responsibility of testing the software development on the SDEs themselves, and for a long time it has been a point of discussion whenever the issue of defective software arises.
This change occurred at the same time that Microsoft announced Windows 10, and at the same time it goes on to a much more aggressive update cycle, from 3 years to every 6 months. It is easy, then, to find a mistake and blame one or both of these marine changes, and that was what happened last year with the delayed release of Windows 10 1809.
But as Microsoft noted in a publication of blog, the loss of data that caused Microsoft to remove the Windows update October 10, 2018 (1809) was very, very limited:
While the actual data loss reports are few (one hundredth is installed of one percent of version 1809), any data loss is serious.
In fact, although there were scattered incidents of data loss reported in the Comment Center, it was not until Microsoft observer Rafael Rivera tweeted about the problem (the tweet was deleted, we captured it) here) that the problem came out to the light. It could be argued that, instead of Windows 10 having additional errors, the nature of the way we received information in the Twitter era had a material effect on the 1809 delay. Certainly, this was not the first time they were presented Serious problems in Windows, which date back to long before the removal of SDET or a more aggressive release schedule. However, the fingers were pointed, and although it only affected a few in very specific circumstances, the error dominated the cycle of technological news, and something had to be done.
Also, it should be noted, we have before (and more errors)) access to Windows than ever before. The fact that the Windows Insider Program offers unprecedented opportunities to test Windows, since it is written, should not color the perception of the operating system as defective, if those errors appear (and finally they are solved thanks to Insiders information) when they would never have done it. been before
So here we are, and the narrative is "Windows 10 is faulty" and, as Whittaker says, "Windows continues its tradition of boring and faulty software and constantly fake updates." However, Windows 10 sharing continues to grow, and continues to be refined with a constant stream of regular and timely useful updates (along with some not-so-useful ones, I see you 3D Paint).
By comparison, Windows 8.x was software that looked and acted as if it had been developed by "made men." Full of commitments that did not satisfy anyone, developed in an atmosphere of secrecy and stabbing in the back that was the source of the famous weapons pointing everywhere meme, and that finally ended with the firing of one of the epitome of men made Steven Sinofsky Now that was a disaster (this is an opinion piece, right?), One who played with low sales in the market.
And it is not like the previous versions of Windows, complete with SDET and "A Team" (see: The administration of "B-teamers") was not so faulty, if not more, than Windows 10. Windows XP required 3 Service Packs to clean the operating system, and Windows 7 was not free of errors either.
Windows 10 a "disaster with errors?" https://t.co/9oWHnwXs5M[19659002▪—OnMSFTcom(@onmsft) October 24, 2019
What do you think? Is Windows 10 a disaster or is it a fast, efficient and powerful operating system good enough to run on some 900 million devices? We publish a survey on Twitter, you can check it here and / or leave your opinion in the comments below.
Further reading: Microsoft, Opinion, Windows 10