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IT-Director: Microsoft faces Hobson's choice for W2K

Sep 06, 1999, 18:15 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Cheshire Cat)

"Rule One of software projects: you cannot compress development time. Time and again, less experienced managers try to turn eight months into four only to find that that, like a tensed spring, the required time jumps back to the initial estimates."

"Microsoft are faced with a stark set of choices. The baying wolves of the IT industry will jump on the slightest misfortune of the software giant, so it will be treading very carefully over the next few months. But what of the end user? The advice is clear, and would be the same for any new product of this scale. Take your time. Evaluate the product (and others) in a realistic environment, making sure that it works with existing and planned architectures and configurations of other software. Listen carefully to the experiences of early adopters, and learn from them."

"It is extremely likely that Windows 2000 arrives late, incomplete and buggy... Whilst Microsoft will struggle, yet again, with the blows to its reputation that this will cause, the vast majority of potential users should remain unaffected."

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