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Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Markl's Thoughts: Shipping Software: "I am not sure I believe anymore, that Microsoft 'knows how to ship software'. When a Microsoft engineer fixes a minor defect, makes something faster or better, makes an API more functional and complete, how do they 'ship' that software to me? I know the answer and so do you... The software sits in a source code control system for a minimum of two years (significantly longer for some of the early Longhorn code). At some point, the product that the fix is a part of will 'ship' meaning that CD's will be pressed and delivered to customers and OEM's. In best case scenarios, the software will reach end users a few months after the Release To Manufacturing (RTM) date. In many cases, particularly for users working in large corporations, they won't see the software for a year or more post RTM..."

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