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  • Interested in the history of Windows?

    Posted on April 23rd, 2016 at 06:12 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Here’s a must-read.

    There have been many luminaries in Windows’ development – Gates and Ballmer, of course, Dave Cutler’s recently taken the limelight,  Paul Maritz, and a brilliant array of engineers, designers, marketers.

    The two that have always fascinated me the most are Jim Allchin and Brad Silverberg. Maybe that’s because I cut my journalistic teeth at the time. Maybe it’s because they both triggered decisions that resonate in the Windows world today.

    Anyway, I was delighted to stumble on a Quora session from Brad Silverberg, in which he discusses Gates, Ballmer, Nadella, business decisions, Seattle, and venture capitalism (his current pursuit). If you’re curious about how we got to where we are, it’s a very interesting read.

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     ch100 2 years, 1 month ago.

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    • #43926 Reply

      woody
      Da Boss

      Here’s a must-read. There have been many luminaries in Windows’ development – Gates and Ballmer, of course, Dave Cutler’s recently taken the limelight
      [See the full post at: Interested in the history of Windows?]

    • #43927 Reply

      ch100
      AskWoody_MVP

      Woody, Bill Gates is great in his ways, Jim Allchin too. I don’t know much about the others except for Steve Ballmer for who, while being an interesting and powerful character, I have reservations in relation to his contribution to the direction which Microsoft had and the products released during his reign. I may be wrong though and not seeing the full picture.

    • #43928 Reply

      woody
      Da Boss

      You should read what Silverberg has to say. I found it an interesting perspective.

      I also note the complete lack of comment about Sinofsky (who wasn’t involved in Windows at the time Silverberg was there).

    • #43929 Reply

      CyGuy
      AskWoody Plus

      Decades ago I read Bill Gates’ book, “The Road Ahead”. He then said someday you will pay for your groceries by pointing a device the size of your wallet at the register. Spot on. But not every experiment by every experimenter works out, so I’m not inclined to bash such a visionary.

    • #43930 Reply

      woody
      Da Boss

      I don’t think Brad really took Bill to task. Maybe I’m reading through rose-colored glasses, but I think Brad has a tremendous amount of respect for Bill.

    • #43931 Reply

      CyGuy
      AskWoody Plus

      Oh, I agree. I wasn’t being coy. Just expressing one reason why I respect Mr. Gates.

    • #43932 Reply

      wdburt1

      One more registration required (for Quora). How many times does Google have me already? Sorry, the content, on the level of idle curiosity in my case, does not rate it.

    • #43933 Reply

      wdburt1

      For some reason the site is allowing me to read the material this morning. Bill Gates is the greatest CEO of all time. Steve Ballmer was not the failure that investors think he was. Satya Nadella is the perfect person for the CEO job today.

      Anyone see a company-line whitewash here? Most interesting to me is that nothing whatsoever is said about the unethical actions that have prompted so much criticism of Microsoft among users the last year or so. I guess such things cannot be seen from fifty thousand feet.

    • #43934 Reply

      woody
      Da Boss

      The ultimate irony is that Ballmer is still the single largest investor.

      I don’t think Brad’s whitewashing. He has a unique perspective – he was in the middle of it for a long time. Now, he’s completely divorced from MS.

    • #43935 Reply

      wdburt1

      Some people whitewash what their former employer did because they were part of it, or associated with the company at the same time, or whatever. It’s all the same.

      Where is the objective review of Microsoft’s record within, say, the last three years? Where is the review that contends with the criticisms that have been leveled against the company’s recent moves to coerce users to give up Windows 7, 8 and 8.1 in favor of Win10? Nowhere.

      Who cares whether Ballmer is the single largest investor, anyway? He is not the only investor, and investor opinion about his record is not kind.

    • #43936 Reply

      woody
      Da Boss

      True on all points.

    • #43937 Reply

      J

      Open the link in a private window in Firefox. Private windows work great for sites that require subscriptions after so many views. The private window resets this to zero.

    • #43938 Reply

      ch100
      AskWoody_MVP

      Because of removing cookies?

    • #43939 Reply

      J

      Yes. Sure you can set up your browser to clear them on each close of the browser or manually go delete them as well. The private window is just a quicker way of accomplishing the same thing.

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