Is anybody tiring of Microsoft's rhetoric? The Microsoft schtick is getting tiresome. For the past 10 years the Microsoft way of doing business has been to promise everything for delivery tomorrow and hope that nobody will focus on the flaws that permeate its software today.
In keeping with this worn-out formula, Microsoft at Comdex this month will attempt to drum up enthusiasm for the next iterations of Windows 2000 by releasing preview packs that system vendors will make available to customers.
Any corporate customer planning on actually using those systems for anything other than research, should have their head examined. None of these offerings are anywhere close to being ready for prime time, and by the time they are, the number of pressing year 2000 issues facing your organisation will preclude you from deploying these systems well past January 2000.
And if you have any delusions about the viability of these offerings, just take a look at what's happening with Microsoft's existing software. Slipping schedules, faulty service packs, and inane solutions to the Y2K problem are rapidly turning Microsoft into the gang that couldn't shoot straight.
In some ways this is all kind of ironic because one of the biggest knocks against Microsoft is its inability to build software that is seamlessly compatible with third-party applications. It would seem that Microsoft can't even build software that is compatible with its own software. Of course, the latest proceedings from Washington would indicate that Microsoft does all of this in the interest of the consumer, which must mean that the average corporate IT department must not be included in the definition of the word "consumer".
So the real question that all these events would seem to raise is, has Microsoft begun to spin dangerously out of control or is the world simply too enamoured to care about the spiralling time and money costs associated with managing Windows platforms?