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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2/2/2007 5:40:50 AM
Atleast I have the guts to write it- I know the truth hurts.
I am not the YES GUY type-I speak my mind/thoughts.
Vista is like a REMIX of the original song.
This is how they make you a YES GUY-
"Several bloggers reported last week that they had received Acer Ferrari laptops, which can sell for more than $2,200, from Microsoft. A spokeswoman for Microsoft confirmed on Friday that the company had sent out about 90 computers to bloggers who write about technology and other subjects" that could be affected by the release of Windows Vista, Microsoft's new operating system.
"Being provided an evaluation computer from Acer is not a 'bribe,'" argued blogger Blake Handler, after receiving one of the free laptops. "It simply allows me to accelerate my evaluations, documentation and demonstrations of Windows Vista."
OMG! You've got to be kidding me, Blake. I guess just being *lent* a laptop wouldn't have been enough to accelerate your evaluations? I guess only being given a freebie from Microsoft would do the trick.
Now, I realize it must be hard to send a shiny new laptop back to the mother ship just because it's the right thing to do. Still, I think very little of the bloggers who are keeping Microsoft's bribe laptops.
Clearly, they're exploiting the lawless, Brave New World of the blogsophere, where, since they're Not Quite Journalists, they don't feel constrained by any of those pesky journalistic ethics guidelines. Like the one that says, "You don't keep $2,200 gifts from the subject of your review. You might think you can still write an impartial review, but it's highly unlikely-and either way, nobody will believe it."
But Microsoft gets much of the blame, too. It deliberately exploited a weak spot in today's court of public opinion: how bloggers influence consumers, but generally don't have conflict-of-interest policies.
Now, I realize that this isn't exactly breaking news; in fact, it's three weeks old. I wasn't even going to bring it up, but yesterday I remembered something: this isn't the first time.
In fact, Microsoft has tried to buy public opinion in secret over and over again in the last few years. Here are a few examples-mainly, the ones where Microsoft was caught:
2/2/2007 6:23:10 PM
As I understand it, Microsoft also suggested to the bloggers that they donate the laptops to charitable organizations once they completed their evaluations. This was an obvious, but probably ineffective, attempt to eliminate the possible interpretation that their influence was being bought. Not exactly a brilliant PR move, though.
2/3/2007 1:21:59 AM
People like you Tom are rare,who cannot be "BOUGHT"-who speak their mind/thoughts-the type who say "I AM NOT THE YES GUY"-"YOU CANNOT BUY ME".
"MY OPINIONS ARE NOT FOR SALE"
AS for MS-
*It needs a massive restructoring/reorganization-just the way Intel/Sun have done & are doing.
*Even APPLE is also doing cost cutting & shedding of employees.
*This should from the TOP to Down-you need a PERSON from OUTSIDE, who can do the dirty job without any hesitations.
*Take out those unproductive people-you can do without them.
*MS is a FAT/Bloated organization that brings out A FAT
BLOATED Software.KNOCK OFF THE FAT.
*MAKE THE ORGANIZATION & THE SOFTWARE RAZOR SHARP.
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