It would suck to be Raymond Vardanega right now. Raymond is the mid level marketing manager at Acer’s subsidiary in Australia who fed Smarthouse’s David Richards the rumour that up to 60% of Windows Vista code was to be rewritten for launch. When the blogging world told Dave he was full of baloney, he trotted out mail from poor old Ray as his source. Ray’s mail, which Dave quotes, leaves one wondering whether he actually knows anything at all.
The decision to delay Vista into the consumer market will have an impact on hardware sales particularly in the Media Centre market. We have been told that Microsoft has bought in programmers from the Xbox team to work on the problems. We have also been told that up to 60% of the code will have some form of re writing or changes made. We are told that Microsoft is concerned at the impact that the delay will have on hardware manufacturers. We have raised our concerns directly with Microsoft.
He writes "We have been told" three times, and then states that they have raised their concerns directly with Microsoft. Told by whom? Why the need to confirm, if it’s Microsoft telling him?
More importantly, why would Ray be privy to Microsoft’s internal engineering plans? Citing Ray as the source of information about Microsoft’s internal engineering plans is like asking the marketing manager at the local MacDonald’s franchise for information on recipe changes that McDonald’s bun supplier is planning for the next year. He doesn’t know. He just knows he’s going to get buns to build burgers with. Similarly, because of his role, Ray’s just not that credible as a source. Like a lot of people, he knows that Vista will be delayed. What else does he need to know?
By the way, Phil Sims blog Squash is a good, local, on the ground in Australia, view of all this.