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Microsoft's Steven Sinofsky helped lead the design of Windows 7 and get Microsoft out of a slump. As a reward, Microsoft is promoting him to Windows president.  (Source: Microsoft)
Windows' new boss looks to build on Windows 7's successes

You can have a rock-solid OS, but poor partner support and lack of polish can ruin its public perception. Steven Sinofsky realized that and he worked hard to transform Windows 7 into one of the most highly anticipated Microsoft operating systems to date.  As a reward for his exemplary work, Microsoft is promoting him to Windows President.

Mr. Sinofsky previously had been in charge of the development of Microsoft Office.  He also served as a former technical assistant to Microsoft's founder Bill Gates, a stepping stone position.  When Windows Vista turned into a sour experience in terms of PR and failed to outsell its predecessor, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer shuffled staff and brought Mr. Sinofsky aboard.  Internally, Microsoft blamed much of Vista's problems on two years of delays, which made it harder for software programmers and computer makers to plan for compatibility.

As senior vice president of the Windows and Windows Live engineering group, Mr. Sinofsky indeed righted the ship, making sure that Windows 7 stayed ahead of schedule.  He also worked diligently to communicate with the public, as one of the two co-editors of the Windows 7 blog.

Matt Rosoff, an analyst at the Kirkland, Washington-based research firm Directions on Microsoft praises, "He runs a tight ship.  He always did a good job getting Office out on time, and he appears to have done the same thing with Windows."

Mr. Sinofsky's former fellow Windows vice presidents -- Bill Veghte and Jon DeVaan -- will now report to Mr. Sinofsky, rather than to Steve Ballmer, the former arrangement.  Mr. Veghte will be assuming new responsibilities, while Tami Reller is being moved to the Windows team as the manager of sales and marketing.

Windows 7 is set to release on October 22 and should be one of the most polished software releases in some time, with thousands of bugs captured and fixed thanks to an extensive public testing period and a refocused Microsoft.



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ehem
By invidious on 7/9/2009 8:39:48 AM , Rating: 4
I am pretty suprised at how well Win7 is being recieved, considering it is essentially "Vista 2.0", and I like Vista. Though I think it has less to do with design and more to do with marketing types not pushing the OS to be released before its ready. The design team did a fine job polishing Vista eventually, they should have just given them the time they needed from the start.

I like a lot of the new features in Win7 but the jump from XP to Vista was a lot bigger than the jump from Vista to Win7.




RE: ehem
By h0kiez on 7/9/2009 9:10:59 AM , Rating: 3
Perception is reality...


RE: ehem
By TSS on 7/9/2009 9:19:09 PM , Rating: 2
i percieve that to be untrue.

hah, pandora's box ftw ^^


RE: ehem
By retrospooty on 7/9/09, Rating: 0
RE: ehem
By Spivonious on 7/9/2009 9:32:50 AM , Rating: 3
Nope. Vista has serious "under-the-hood" changes coming from XP. That's why it was such a nightmare at the start for driver compatibility; everyone had to rewrite their drivers to work in the new driver model.

7 is simply Vista with some more polish and some interface changes.

I'd liken Vista to Windows 2000 and 7 to Windows XP.


RE: ehem
By noirsoft on 7/9/2009 11:09:52 AM , Rating: 3
Given that Windows 2000 is NT 5.0, XP is 5.1, Vista is 6.0 and Windows 7 is 6.1, your comparison is accurate by kernel version numbering.


RE: ehem
By crystal clear on 7/9/2009 11:21:38 AM , Rating: 1
quote:
7 is simply Vista with some more polish and some interface changes


Slapping new labels on old products to lure in under-informed mainstream buyers is a actually a fairly common practice.

The attitude "its new so it has to be good" sells well in the marketplace.



RE: ehem
By Chaser on 7/9/2009 12:50:39 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Slapping new labels on old products to...


And thats simply not the case with Windows 7. Whereas the private sector blatantly rejected a prior "new product" Windows 7 is being received very warmly by the same people, organizations, corporations.

Clearly there's more to 7 than just new labels and boxes. You might want to look them both over. There are substantial differences.


RE: ehem
By crystal clear on 7/9/2009 8:56:11 PM , Rating: 2
CEO Steve Ballmer said a few months ago-

Windows 7 is VISTA just much better......

Clearly there's more to 7 its Vista just much better.

I have used both the O.S. & believe Win7 should have been sold as an upgrade pack like that of Apple's Snow leopard upgrade pack around $29 or so to existing Vista users.

Upgraders from XP to Win7 should ofcourse pay the full price.

Nvidia is famous for slapping new labels on old products,giving it a few tweaks etc & selling them as new.

I have examples & can give them if needed.


RE: ehem
By Chaser on 7/10/2009 9:08:24 AM , Rating: 2
Awesome! Glad we agree its more than a new box and labels.

Cheers.


RE: ehem
By Pudro on 7/9/2009 1:00:49 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
The attitude "its new so it has to be good" sells well in the marketplace.


Really? Care to explain Vista then?


RE: ehem
By crystal clear on 7/9/2009 8:13:04 PM , Rating: 2
Yes indeed thats what happened to under informed mainstream buyers when Vista was released/launched.

These buyers who bring in the bulk of revenues for Microsoft had the attitude "if its new it has to be good" .

They trusted Microsoft expecting Vista what it was promised to be...but Microsoft failed to deliver, neither meet their high expectations built up by hyper marketing campaigns launched by OEMs with Microsoft's Vista marketing funds.

The OEMs used the Vista opportunity to dump their hardware on these unsuspecting buyers as Vista capable.

The ultimate result was class action suites filed against Microsoft.

Mainstream buyers bring in 90% of the revenues & they are the least informed group of people as they lack the knowledge & experience of a computer professional.

Vista was a blessing in disguise for Apple as they increased their marketshare from the bad publicity/experience created by disgruntled buyers.


RE: ehem
By retrospooty on 7/9/2009 2:51:45 PM , Rating: 2
"7 is simply Vista with some more polish and some interface changes."

You are right that "under the hood" from a programming perspective Vista was a large jump from XP, and 7 is a small jump from Vista. B

However... 7 is far more than just polish and interface changes from Vista. 7 is HUGE improvement in bloat. Vista is too slow and bloated to run on an older system or a netbook. The fact that 7 can run on a netbook and Vista cannot speaks volumes for 7's performance improvements.


RE: ehem
By Sulphademus on 7/9/2009 9:22:33 AM , Rating: 3
Windows 7 has no driver compatability issues!!! (Because it uses the same model as Vista, but shhhhh, dont tell! Its "all new"!)

Really, this is the same as going from Windows 95 to 98 or from Windows 2000 to XP. Certainly an improvement but the foundation had already been laid.


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