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Microsft to spend February bug-fixin'

what are your views?

true? or just for PR?

a good thing or the making of an even bigger monopoly?

Saturday, February 2, 2002

One month a year seems at least an attempt, though  if they didn't code for the other 11 months of the year they'd be in a much stronger position.

Simon Lucy
Saturday, February 2, 2002

At the risk of turning this forum into a Slashdot clone:

I doubt it's just PR -- if it was, it would be particularly bad PR ('what, don't they care about quality the other 11 months of the year?').  I don't think it's like that.  Lately Bill has been on a big push to try and drum some security rigor into the .NET developers.  I see this as the beginning, not the end, of a new drive to focus on security on their new platform.  Will they be able to execute on that plan?  Remains to be seen.

Saturday, February 2, 2002

Does anyone remember the problems Intel had with the floating point bug, or whatever it was called?  There was a huge outcry, because Intel did not want to replace everyone's chip.  (After all, it would hit very few users, they reasoned.)  Two weeks later, Intel reversed position, and gained kudos from the press.  Andy Grove said it was a PR bonanza, and was glad the bug occurred, despite the huge short-term expense.

Did Bill know that this step would have to be taken at some point?  There is certainly a lot of press on the subject.

And Bill could distribute a copy of Joel's Hard Assed Bug-fixin' article to Microsoft programmers -- "Everything I learned about fixing bugs, I learned from Joel.  I wish I were the employee, and he the old boss..."

Arnaud Michals
Saturday, February 2, 2002

Bruce Schneier made the most telling summary of the the whole thing that I've seen yet: the proof is in the puddin.

It's a wait and see thing. If they spend this February bug fixing and then call it quits, we've all been played for the fool. Seems to me they've got a lot of culture problems to fight before code quality becomes a visible driving factor.

Alex Russell
Tuesday, February 5, 2002

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