Programming Windows: End Game (Premium)


On September 20, 2005, Microsoft announced a corporate reorganization that would see Windows lead Jim Allchin effectively demoted before his retirement at the end of 2006, once Windows Vista was made generally available. It was a strange end for the man who had been responsible for Microsoft’s most important platform for 10 years, and it ensured that his final year at the company would be a poignant one.

Allchin’s fate was no doubt sealed the day he had walked into Bill Gates’ office a year earlier and admitted defeat, pushing the reset button on Longhorn, which was later rebranded as Windows Vista. But the executive team at Microsoft allowed Allchin to make things right, and to go out on his own terms.

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