The Wall Street Journal online has published an article on shipping Windows Vista. It’s long, and fairly dramatic. It details the Longhorn Reset, which many people, including myself, knew about last fall. Iotum was originally planning to be in market with a product for Longhorn, but shifted direction when it became clear it would be more than a year late.
The article is an interesting read. The cynic in me says that Microsoft needs to convince people that this "better than ever" version of Windows is also going to be more stable than ever. It’s the "doesn’t suck" part of the old "awesome, awesome, doesn’t suck" regimine. It’s also interesting that the company is moving to more automated testing systems, which many companies, including ours, already use.