Wednesday, May 28, 2008 11:12 PM
Closed curtain development at Microsoft
Windows Vista is done (ok, ok, some 'small' patchwork is needed to iron out the wrinkles). Ready for one and a half year now and the next version is under development and code named "Windows 7".
Ehhrmm.... Excuse me, is -that- a code name?
Let's investigate some more code names. What about Office vNext .... Ah! "Office 14". That's no real code name either. Visual Studio vNext .... "Dev 10". Another one without code name.
What is going on here? Usually the next version of a product is published under a name that makes you feel as if you are reading an exciting book as a young boy exploring all sorts of new things in the world. Nope, nothing, rien ne vas plus, nada. Not this time. You'll have to do with names such as "Windows 7", "Office 14" or "Dev 10".
What about new features that will be in these new products. Let's hear it ... tell me ... what have you heard about the great features that will make it into "Windows 7". Or the other new and sexy thing that will be added to "Office 14". Will scenario X make it into "Dev 10" ?
My guess is that you won't be able to answer me on any of these questions even when you are under NDA. The amount of information in current developments out in the open is almost reduced to nothing.
Translucency vs. Transparency Blog Post is writing about the new policy that appears to be in place. In another interview with Steven Sinofsky, Steven is clearly saying that "there is no news" other than "it will be finished in three years". Yesterday there was this item: Communicating Windows 7 trying to explain it all ...
What do -you- think about this new policy. Do you think it is the right way to go for Microsoft, did they spill too much information in earlier releases? Or would you like to know where Microsoft is taking you in a couple of years, providing you early information so you can anticipate and prepare your business and investments knowing what might be the next thing?
For now development is done in little cubicles, doors and curtains closed, mouths zipped and blogs on hold. So .. back to work with what you have available right now, and let me know what your thoughts are on this.