Jim Allchin Retires from Microsoft
February 1, 2007 3:02 PM
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Allchin left for vacation today to "somewhere warm"
Onto greener fields
This week came the
official launch of Microsoft's Windows Vista
, the company's long awaited next-generation operating system. During this week, another significant piece of news also came from Redmond in the form Jim Allchin, Microsoft's co-president of platforms and services division. Allchin officially retired from Microsoft this week, marking over 17 years of work with the software giant.
Allchin was in charge with the Windows operating system, as well as Microsoft's work in the enterprise server space. In fact, it was Allchin that put Microsoft into the server market, a place where it had no previous experience prior to Windows NT. Allchin is also well credited with the development of many server-based Microsoft products as well as the .NET initiative. The Windows Live program was also a program that was launched under Allchin's direction.
With Allchin's departure, another Microsoft ace will step up to take over Allchin's spot. Steve Sinofsky, previously the head of the Office group will be responsible for keeping Allchin's legacy going, and then some. Sinofsky is famous at Microsoft for delivering products on time and on a very consistent basis -- something that Microsoft's Office customers have long trusted in. In fact, the Office division at Microsoft is the most respected division in the company by the account of most consumers.
Compared to Sinofsky, product launches under Allchin were often delayed and late. Although the ex-Microsoft executive claims that his delayed launches were often a sacrifice for quality control, products often launched still with large bugs in them. "It should be clear that date means not much to me, that quality is much more important," said Allchin.
Despite these issues, many are hoping that Sinofsky will bring good changes to the table. Microsoft stated that after Windows Vista, it would no longer wait five years between major Windows releases. With Sinofsky behind the wheel now, Microsoft should be able to deliver well on its promise.
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One of the few...
2/1/2007 4:31:30 PM
One of the few people at Microsoft who still have my admiration. This man told us when things were not looking good. I'm not naive, of course it'a all PR but still for some reason I'm hoping the best for him!
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