Re: [linux] Linus Torvalds To Join Microsoft To Head Windows 9 Project
- On Mon, Apr 1, 2013 at 10:39 PM, Thad Floryan <thad@...> wrote:
> As found on the Web today, no joy today in LinuxLand:See, that can't possibly be true. I just read this morning that
> It's on the Internet so it must be true. :-)
> I suppose his best friend, Lennart Poeterring, from his favorite
> company, Red Hat, will be joining him in Redmond WA (USA).
> Linus Torvalds To Join Microsoft To Head Windows 9 Project
> By Abhishek April 1, 2013
Microsoft was skipping Windows 9 and going directly to Windows 10:
Microsoft skips 'too good' Windows 9, jumps to Windows 10
Deeming Windows 9 'too good to release,' Microsoft execs shelve
follow-up to Windows 8 and proceed to Windows 10
By Pete Babb | InfoWorld
If you've been looking forward to Windows 9, the OS that will fix what
Windows 8 got wrong, you're in for a surprise: There will be no
Windows 9. Instead, Microsoft announced it will proceed directly to
"The Windows 9 internal beta was a phenomenal success," said Microsoft
PR rep Cheryl Tunt. "I mean, it blew Windows 8 out of the water, and
as we all know, Windows 8 is nigh flawless. After discussion at the C
level, Microsoft has decided it will not mess with success and will
leave Windows 9 exactly as it is. As such, work is now getting under
way on Windows 10, which should see a public release."
Details about Windows 9 are sketchy, but according to internal
Microsoft communications obtained by InfoWorld, the OS was fast,
intuitive, bug-free, and equally adept with both the Windows Desktop
and Metro-style interfaces. "And who would've thought to put the Start
button there?!? Genius!" marveled one engineer, though it's unclear
where "there" is exactly.
Another engineer likened the OS to the Nintendo Entertainment System's
Power Glove accessory, saying, "It's that good a melding of man and
One email chain riffed extensively on how Windows 9 is like the sitcom
"Seinfeld" in that it's "about nothing," but also because "there was
that one episode where Kramer got the deli meat slicer, and he said he
had cut slices of meat so thin, he couldn't even see them. Well,
Windows 9 is so transparent, you won't even know it's there. Hell, I'm
not even sure I used it!"
"Hey guys, if all this is true, then we can't release this [OS] to the
public," one HR manager who had been CC'd on the emails declared. "We
have to keep this internal and advertise it as a perk. You know: 'Come
work for Microsoft, and you get to use Windows 9!'"
The decision to jump to Windows 10 was announced during an all-company
meeting by Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, who took the stage in front of
a banner reading "Mission Accomplished."
"You guys who make Windows are the backbone of this company!" an
exuberant Ballmer claimed. "You've really outdone yourselves here.
This is exactly the kind of perfection so synonymous with the
Microsoft brand that we can't see fit to have it exist anywhere but
within Microsoft. It's simply too good to be released. Now, onward
with Windows 10! By the way, this meeting counts as your lunch break."
There was at least one beta tester who wasn't quite so dazzled. "Yeah,
I tried out Windows 9," he told InfoWorld on condition of anonymity.
"I dunno ... it's pretty good, I guess. It's not at all what they're
talking about, though -- the engineers might be delirious from lack of
sleep. I'm pretty sure the real reason we aren't going to sell it is
because it's actually OS X."