Thursday, September 01, 2005

Microsoft Vista's ties to Pearl Harbor and Nagasaki

Quoteth Paul Thurrott in Wininfo:

Microsoft now plans to ship Windows Vista Beta 2 on December 7, 2005, about three weeks later than the last schedule I obtained….

…Microsoft currently plans to release Windows Vista to manufacturing on August 9, 2006, and make the product broadly available by November 15, 2006.

Not that I’m normally overly suspicious, but two of the dates in this article—which purports to be a leaked schedule revealing the timeline of Microsoft’s upcoming “Longhorn” operating system now called Vista—jumped out at me. The dates are far enough in the future that there’s a certain arbitrariness about them; they could have chosen any other nearby dates without making a whit of difference, yet we have Pearl Harbor and “Fat Man” Nagasaki, on December 7 and August 9, respectively.

What does it say about Microsoft that it schedules the two most important dates in the product’s development (Beta 2 and Release To Manufacturing) to two of the most decisive bombing missions in world history? The first effectively starting WWII (for America) and the second effectively ending it.

Could Microsoft be a little confident, perhaps? Maybe trying to make a statement?

Shock and awe.


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