Feeds

MS declares programming moratorium – report

Bug-hunting intermission

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Gartner critical capabilities for enterprise endpoint backup

Microsoft will suspend software development for a month to scour its vast, bloated reams of code in search of bugs, according to a brief item by Government Computer News.

This startling development was announced by MS privacy chief Richard Purcell during a conference in Washington on Friday.

Chairman Gates "is really annoyed by the incredible pain we put everyone through in computing," Purcell is quoted as saying.

It does seem odd that His Billness would make a frank admission of guilt for all the rotten things that have happened to users of Microsoft products. We can imagine him 'confessing' with an air of sadistic mockery during some matey boozefest with the Redmond brass; but it's rather hard to picture him putting an arm around Purcell's shoulder and saying softly, "Now Rick, I want you to go out there and make sure everyone knows how humbly contrite I am over the Hell we've needlessly put our customers through."

We reckon Purcell must have misinterpreted the Chairman. Either that, or he'd recently lined up a new job and figured to go out in a memorable blaze of honesty. ®

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

More from The Register

next story
Why has the web gone to hell? Market chaos and HUMAN NATURE
Tim Berners-Lee isn't happy, but we should be
Mozilla's 'Tiles' ads debut in new Firefox nightlies
You can try turning them off and on again
Microsoft boots 1,500 dodgy apps from the Windows Store
DEVELOPERS! DEVELOPERS! DEVELOPERS! Naughty, misleading developers!
'Stop dissing Google or quit': OK, I quit, says Code Club co-founder
And now a message from our sponsors: 'STFU or else'
Apple promises to lift Curse of the Drained iPhone 5 Battery
Have you tried turning it off and...? Never mind, here's a replacement
Uber, Lyft and cutting corners: The true face of the Sharing Economy
Casual labour and tired ideas = not really web-tastic
Linux turns 23 and Linus Torvalds celebrates as only he can
No, not with swearing, but by controlling the release cycle
prev story

Whitepapers

Gartner critical capabilities for enterprise endpoint backup
Learn why inSync received the highest overall rating from Druva and is the top choice for the mobile workforce.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Rethinking backup and recovery in the modern data center
Combining intelligence, operational analytics, and automation to enable efficient, data-driven IT organizations using the HP ABR approach.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
Next gen security for virtualised datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.