In dit artikel van WinInformant wordt verteld dat de final van Windows Me is vertraagd vanwege troubles met Media Player 7 die bij het nieuwe consumer OS wordt geleverd. Verder lees je er dat Steve Ballmer wil dat z'n werknemers hard door blijven werken aan NGWS (Next Generation Windows Services) in plaats van zorgen te maken over de anti-trust rechtszaak: 'het bedrijf gaat toch niet splitsen.' Thanks DrZeuss voor de tip.
In a company-wide memo sent out earlier this week, Microsoft president and CEO Steve Ballmer urged his employees to continue working furiously on the company's Next Generation Windows Services (NGWS) initiative and ignore the antitrust case as it take its course through the appeals process. Ballmer, who noted that the appeal could take years to complete, told Microsoft employees that the company would ultimately win its battle with the federal government and 19 states. But most important, he said, was that the company meet its internal product deadlines so that it can release NGWS on schedule. The company has already slipped with at least one major release, Windows Millennium Edition (Windows Me), which should have gone gold earlier this week. But Windows Me is waiting on the release of Windows Media Player 7, a massive update to Microsoft's streaming media client that was introduced into the Windows Me build process fairly late in the OS' product development cycle.
"I simply do not believe that a breakup will ever occur," Ballmer wrote in the memo. "The order to dismantle this company simply isn't justified by the court's findings of facts and conclusions of law, even if they were to be upheld by the appellate courts. I understand [that the final] ruling isn't pleasant. No one wants to operate under a cloud. We cannot lose sight of the importance of our work--with respect to both products now under development and to our next generation of software and services."