Articles about Jim Allchin

Sinofsky OFFSKI: Is Windows 9 now codenamed 'Defenestrate'?

So Microsoft's Windows 8 chief Steve Sinofsky is offski. Was it corporate politics, modest Surface RT sales, or some hippie desire to find himself that made him quit? Whatever the reason, the news of his departure - just three weeks after Microsoft unveiled Windows 8 and said it was its most significant launch since Windows 95 …
Gavin Clarke, 13 Nov 2012

Vaunted Windows 8 RTM updates 'actually featured from Win2000'

Has Microsoft’s Windows chief Steven Sinofsky gone too far in stating the brilliance of his team's work on Windows 8? “Yes,” say some ex-Microsofties, who reckon Sinofsky is taking credit for something that’s not new on Windows 8, due on Thursday. What’s got them riled is a 10 October Sinofsky blog where he boasted Windows 8 …
Gavin Clarke, 25 Oct 2012
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Windows 8: An awful lot of change for a single release

Microsoft released Windows 1.0 on 20 November, 1985, a year later than first promised. Now, nearly 27 years on, Windows 8 is on the shelves. The operating system was chugging away full-steam ahead as Windows XP established itself - then it jumped the tracks at Vista. Where is Microsoft's OS going now and where did it come from …
Tim Anderson, 23 Oct 2012
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Microsoft sharpening axe for marketing heads - report

Another year and another shake-up is coming to Microsoft. A restructuring of the team responsible for how Redmond is perceived and sells itself will be announced in the next 30 days, Bloomberg reports. "Hundreds" of staffers in Microsoft's Central Marketing Group (CMG) may find themselves on the business end of an axe wielded by …
Gavin Clarke, 12 Jan 2012

Windows XP and iPod: A tale of two birthdays

This week is remarkable for two 10-year computing anniversaries: that of the Apple iPod and of Microsoft's Windows XP. Both should be celebrated for their success and impact on consumers and tech sector. But while Apple's iPod will be celebrated in the history of its creator and – no doubt – the annals of computing history as a …
Gavin Clarke, 27 Oct 2011
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Windows 95 to Windows 7: How Microsoft lost its vision

Comment Much better than Vista, and the best Windows yet. That seems to be the consensus view on Windows 7, and after two and a half months with the final build, I more or less agree - despite the niggling voice that says behind the new taskbar it is not really so different from Windows Vista. Nevertheless, Windows 7 on its launch …
Tim Anderson, 22 Oct 2009
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PC buyers fail to prove MS deceived in Vista 'Capable' suit

The judge in the ongoing Vista Capable row has denied PC buyers a motion for partial summary judgment in a lawsuit against Microsoft, citing a lack of evidence to show the company had hoodwinked customers. The issue will be decided in a forthcoming trial instead, ruled US District Judge Marsha Pechman late on Wednesday. The …
Kelly Fiveash, 20 Mar 2009
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Apple intoxicated with ex-Vista chief's musical stylings

Apple is smitten by the admittedly strong guitar stylings of Jim Allchin, the former Windows chief who gave up a life of programming after Vista to pursue his love of music. Allchin's debut album, Enigma, has snagged honors on the iTune's store as one of Apple's "What We're Listening To" recommendations. Microsoft and Apple …
Austin Modine, 18 Mar 2009
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Windows Vista man channels Neil Diamond with debut album

Where do you go after you've given the world Windows Vista? Music, apparently. Former Windows chief Jim Allchin has eschewed the post-Redmond path trodden by other ex-Microsoft executives. He has dumped IT entirely, having capped his 17 years with Microsoft by delivering Windows Vista in 2006. Allchin has done this by …
Gavin Clarke, 10 Feb 2009
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Ballmer's big regret at 10: Losing the interwebs

Steve Ballmer's biggest regret of the past ten years? Impatience. Ten years after taking over as Microsoft president - and eight years after replacing Bill Gates as chief exec - Ballmer has told The Wall St Journal that impatience prevented Microsoft from pursuing a Google-like paid search business back in 1999. According to …
Gavin Clarke, 16 Jan 2009
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Silverlight 2.0: killer features, no Flash killer

Web bling tone Microsoft's Silverlight 2.0, released this month for Windows and Mac, is a tipping point. This is the version that gives developers the features they have long been waiting for, including a cross-platform implementation of Microsoft's .NET Framework. Microsoft will use its massive Professional Developers' Conference (PDC) in …
Tim Anderson, 27 Oct 2008
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Microsoft's 'ordinary Joe' promises Windows 7 bliss

Windows chief Steven Sinofsky has wheeled in an "ordinary" developer to re-assure folks that Microsoft won't repeat the mistakes of Windows Vista in Windows 7. Microsoft employee Larry Osterman has been brought out to say Windows 7 won't slip, and it won't contain the kinds of bugs that dogged Windows Vista with hardware and …
Gavin Clarke, 17 Oct 2008
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Windows Update to trumpet Vista Capable debacle?

Little did Microsoft executives realize when they blessed the seemingly brilliant wheeze of "Windows Vista Capable" as a way of flogging the operating system that the idea could turn into a bitter pill their company might have to swallow. But there's the very real possibility Microsoft's very own Windows Update and MSN could …
Gavin Clarke, 06 Oct 2008
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Ballmer backs away from 'Vista Capable' legal row

Steve Ballmer has distanced himself from the ongoing “Vista Capable” legal spat by claiming he had no direct involvement in Microsoft’s marketing campaign for the operating system. In a document (pdf courtesy of SeattlePI) filed last Friday, the software giant’s CEO effectively exonerated himself in the Windows Vista Capable …
Kelly Fiveash, 06 Oct 2008

Big cheeses rolled into Vista-Incapable lawsuit

You can leave the job, but willl the job leave you? Jim Allchin, Microsoft's Windows mastermind emeritus, is the sole human being to be subpoenaed by plaintiffs in the Microsoft Vista Capable Marketing program class action. Microsoft PC partners, such as Dell, HP and IBM, big resellers such as Wal-Mart, Amazon, Costco and Fry's …
Drew Cullen, 26 Mar 2008

Vista: Gates backs Ballmer against confused analysts

Bill Gates has defended sales of Windows Vista after Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer chided analysts for being "overly aggressive" on the company's effect on the PC market. According to Ballmer there's a "disconnect between what people think is the growth of the PC market and what they think is Vista growth. People have to …
Gavin Clarke, 21 Feb 2007
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Microsoft and Iowa dream up settlement

Microsoft has settled a lawsuit alleging it exploited its dominant position to overcharge Iowa state consumers $453m in the last 12 years. In a standard settlement deal, local schools are set to benefit with Microsoft providing funds to low-income institutions for the purchase PCs and software - probably Windows. Litigants in …
Gavin Clarke, 14 Feb 2007
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Software's unfinished business for 2007

2006 in review 2006 was an important year for enterprise software and developer tools. The computing old guard trudged on with product updates, marketing hype, and the spinning of political schemes. New challengers, meanwhile, gained traction and credibility. We identify the big events and trends of 2006 that will reverberate for the next year …
Gavin Clarke, 27 Dec 2006
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Allchin backs away from Vista anti-virus claims

Outgoing Windows development chief Jim Allchin has apologised for the confusion he created in comments taken to mean Vista was so secure it might be possible to run the software without any anti-virus installed. Responding to questions from reporters about whether Vista would be more secure than Windows XP SP2, Allchin said his …
John Leyden, 13 Nov 2006
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Allchin rallies the Windows Vista troops

Jim Allchin, outgoing Windows general, has rallied his Windows Vista troops one last time, 10 weeks before the over-hyped operating system hits "general" availability. Allchin, the co-president of platforms and services, has sent an email to Microsoft employees, seen by The Register, sayin that he admired their professionalism …
Gavin Clarke, 09 Nov 2006
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January 30: Window Vista's date with destiny

Microsoft has confirmed "broad" availability for Windows Vista on January 30, with only business customers on volume contracts receiving product before hand. Jim Allchin, co-president for platforms and services, today told press that Windows Vista is feature-complete and ready to ship. OEMs will get code in advance of Microsoft …
Gavin Clarke, 08 Nov 2006
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Microsoft services chief to spend more time with his family

Rick Devenuti, chief of Microsoft's fledgling managed services operation is the latest high-ranking manager to leave the company. Devenuti, senior vieep of services and IT, leaves at the end of year after 19 years at the company. He will spend more time with his family and "consider his next challenge," Microsoft said. A …
Gavin Clarke, 12 Oct 2006
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Microsoft Vista final beta released

Microsoft is making the last trial version of Vista available to developers and beta testers before it releases the finished product. RC2 version of Vista can be downloaded by TechNet and Microsoft developer network members. A letter from Jim Allchin, platform and services co-president at Microsoft, posted on a Microsoft forum …
John Oates, 09 Oct 2006
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Allchin peers into crystal ball, sees Windows Vista future

Jim Allchin, Microsoft's outgoing Windows chief, has issued a rallying call to developers to Windows Vista, in an open letter emphasizing industry support for the delayed operating system. Allchin proclaimed "tremendous" opportunities await for those moving to its latest version of Windows. Developers whose applications are not …
Gavin Clarke, 21 Sep 2006
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Core Windows architect crawls clear of Vista

One of the architects of Windows Vista is leaving Microsoft weeks after it emerged he would be re-assigned once the delayed operating system is launched. Brian Valentine, the vice president for Microsoft's core operating system division, is reportedly leaving Microsoft after 19 years to join internet retailer Amazon. His exit …
Gavin Clarke, 06 Sep 2006
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Microsoft lights upgrade path to Windows Vista

Microsoft has published the long-anticipated upgrade paths for moving PCs from old versions of Windows to Windows Vista. That's the good news. The bad news (for most users)? You're gonna have to back up all your files and desktop settings for re-installation, along with all your PC applications, once Windows Vista is up and …
Gavin Clarke, 02 Aug 2006
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Ballmer to Wall St: we always back a winner

An unapologetic Steve Ballmer has committed Microsoft to investments in an array of new markets, while ruling and end to monumental delays on flagship products. Microsoft's chief executive on Thursday prepared Wall St for ongoing long-term R&D and marketing spending, which will push up costs and bust margins, into already …
Gavin Clarke, 28 Jul 2006
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Microsoft won't open up Office till January

Microsoft Vista developers spending Christmas trying to finally finish the product will now have a little company from their colleagues in the Office division. A day after confirming Vista will not now appear until January 2007, Microsoft has confirmed that its applications suite will also not hit general availability until the …
Joe Fay, 24 Mar 2006
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Microsoft re-org elevates Office chief

Microsoft has re-organized management and reporting for the third time in six months, further integrating its Windows and Office work and focusing on online services. Microsoft's six-month-old platform and services division has been divided into eight units, consisting of a combination of new and existing product and services …
Gavin Clarke, 24 Mar 2006
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Windows Vista slips to 2007

Microsoft has pushed back the consumer release of Windows Vista to January 2007, because it isn't good enough to meet its Q4 2006 target.Instead, Microsoft has staggered the launch into two parts - subscribers to Microsoft's Volume Licensing Program will be able to get the code in November 2006, while OEMs can begin shipping it …
Andrew Orlowski, 22 Mar 2006
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Microsoft targets Oprah with Windows Vista

Oprah using a Windows Vista-powered PC? Crazy you say, but anything is possible in the wacky world of Microsoft marketing. Remember the Windows 95 launch? Who doesn't - unless you're one of Microsoft's younger generation of engineers being instructed by management that Windows Vista is this decade's version of Windows 95. After …
Gavin Clarke, 15 Mar 2006
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Ever talked to SCO? - asks IBM

The discovery phase deepens in the SCO trial with IBM demanding every communication between SCO and Microsoft, Sun, Hewlett Packard and Baystar Capital - the investment company that initially funded the IP campaign - since the start of the McBride era. This part of the discovery relates to "claims relating to Allegedly Misused …
Andrew Orlowski, 23 Feb 2006
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Microsoft details Windows anti-virus pricing

Users running Windows will be charged almost $50 each year for having their PCs protected by Microsoft against attacks from hackers. Microsoft's Windows OneCare Live program will be launched in June and made available online and via retailers for an annual fee of $49.95 on up to three machines. Customers who beta test Windows …
Gavin Clarke, 08 Feb 2006
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MS to omit anti-virus from Vista

Microsoft will omit anti-virus protection in Vista, the next version of Windows, which it plans to ship late this year. As with previous versions of Windows dating back to Windows 2000 at least, Redmond is promoting Vista as a landmark improvement in Windows security. Jim Allchin, co-president of Microsoft's platform products …
John Leyden, 30 Jan 2006
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Microsoft deals out round two of executive shuffle

A month after radically overhauling its business and reporting structure, re-organizational spasms are still being felt through Microsoft's corporate body. Bob Muglia was on Thursday named senior vice president of Windows server and tools, taking over from veteran Eric Rudder. Muglia, previously senior vice president of the …
Gavin Clarke, 27 Oct 2005
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Ballmer and Gates make a million

Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer have finally joined their high-tech peers by scoring annual salaries in the one million dollar range. Microsoft's chief software architect and chief executive officer were paid $1m during the last fiscal year after each receiving a $400,000 bonus on their $600,000 salaries. Both men were previously …
Gavin Clarke, 29 Sep 2005
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Apple's iPod Nano screen woes deepen

OK, let's see if we can find some good news about the iPod Nano. Hey, here's some: Jim Allchin, head of Microsoft's Windows division, bought one the day it came out. Talk about sleeping with the enemy! Umm...oh. He says it stopped working after a day. "They have moisture issues," he said. (You're really not supposed to take it …
Charles Arthur, 27 Sep 2005
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Microsoft: beating itself back to health?

Microsoft's PR campaign of self-flagellation continues - with senior executives offering the Wall Street Journal's Rob Guth an account of why Windows Vista will arrive so late and so incomplete. Thanks to the co-operation of Amitabh Srivastava, Brian Valentine, product manager Jim Allchin and even Gates himself - the Longhorn …
Andrew Orlowski, 24 Sep 2005
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Fewer chairs remain after Microsoft reshuffle

Microsoft has rejigged the company's reporting structure, collapsing the seven divisions created in 2002 into three new ones. It's a bid to deal with the process issues that have bedevilled the company, exemplified by the delivery of Microsoft Vista three years later than planned, and several features short. The changes are " …
Andrew Orlowski, 21 Sep 2005
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New Vista name, old Windows problem for Microsoft

It could have been so different. Longhorn came close to having an acceptable, if boring, name. Windows 07 and Windows Seven were in the frame. But after four-long years, Microsoft decided to call the next version of its delayed Windows client “Vista” because of the "emotional" feelings it evoked. According to an internal …
Gavin Clarke, 26 Jul 2005
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Microsoft to end 64-bit Windows endurance test in one month

IDF Spring 05 After years of delays, Microsoft will deliver a pair of 64-bit operating systems within the next month. Honest. Jim Allchin, Microsoft's SVP of platforms, promised to ship the Windows Server 2003 Standard x64 Edition and Windows XP Professional x64 Edition operating systems "in about a month." These operating systems - one for …
Ashlee Vance, 02 Mar 2005
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Tech bubble banker banned for life

Tech bubble banker Frank Quattrone, who in September was sentenced to 18 months jail time for obstructing a grand jury, obstructing federal regulators and witness tampering, won't be the go-to guy when he gets back. The industry's self-regulator, the NASD, imposed a lifetime ban on him yesterday, overturning an earlier ban and $ …
Andrew Orlowski, 23 Nov 2004
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How key Microsoft legal emails 'autodestruct'

The latest court documents to be unsealed by Judge Frederick Motz in Burst.com's suit against Microsoft paint a picture of Microsoft document handling procedures which destroyed the very emails that were likely to be most relevant to several antitrust actions, Burst's included. According to Burst's lawyers Microsoft's status as …
John Lettice, 11 Oct 2004
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EC 'supports special interests of rivals' - Microsoft

Microsoft will argue that the market for media players is much more varied than the European Commission claims when the two meet in court at the end of the week. It says that "much of the evidence that the Commission presents on this issue [of media players]" in its anti-trust ruling against the company is wrong, the FT reports …
John Oates, 28 Sep 2004
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Allchin named, as proof of MS email destruction policy is sought

Evidence of a Microsoft corporate policy to destroy sensitive or incriminating emails is being sought by a US Court. Last week Judge Frederick Motz of Baltimore District Court ordered Microsoft to search backup tapes for evidence that in 2000 Jim Allchin instructed employees to destroy emails relating to the company's …
John Lettice, 24 May 2004
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Gates pitches Windows Concept as home hub of everything

Keynoting WinHEC today Bill Gates unveiled something you might refer to as what the Windows Media Center PC did next - the Windows Concept PC. This modest effort pitches itself as the centre of digital home entertainment (including TV and Personal Video Recorder capabilities), the media management brains behind content streaming …
John Lettice, 04 May 2004
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Windows Shorthorn is ‘dead-on-arrival’

When will Windows boss Jim Allchin bring his warring Windows factions under control? The troops are leaking, and beginning to fly some quite speculative kites, all of which gives us little confidence that the Windows project is under any kind of control at all. We've become conditioned to such a long delay before Longhorn, that …
Andrew Orlowski, 03 Mar 2004
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Real sues Microsoft, seeks $1bn damages

Emboldened by its reception before the European Commission in Brussels last month, RealNetworks is to sue Microsoft for alleged anti-competitive behavior. "We believe our business would be substantially larger today if Microsoft were playing by the rules," said Real's founder and former Microsoft executive Rob Glaser in a …
Andrew Orlowski, 18 Dec 2003
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MS moves into ‘get Longhorn on the road’ mode

If Windows didn't exist, Microsoft would be a far poorer and more obscure company - if, that is, it still existed at all, because most of its contemporaries from the 70s don't. So, what is wrong with this sentence: '[Microsoft has formed a new division, the Windows Core Operating System division, to focus closely on Windows OS …
John Lettice, 16 Dec 2003
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Longhorn as the next Microsoft desktop domination play

Microsoft's shiny new (but not entirely finished) Longhorn operating system is a move to reassert and to extend the company's weakening control of the desktop, according to Gartner analyst Michael Silver. He claims, effectively, that Microsoft is using the introduction of new technologies in a decidedly old-fashioned and tried …
John Lettice, 30 Oct 2003