In describing how they decided what fixes to put into an upcoming Windows Vista service pack, Microsoft’s Senior Vice President of Windows Core Operating System Division, Jon DeVaan, said this:
Our primary focus after launch became addressing ecosystem compatibility issues that the data showed had adversely impacted some users’ Windows Vista experience.Hoo!
That has to be one of the biggest loads of corporate-babble garbage that I’ve seen or heard in quite some time — and that’s saying a lot. Nearly every word here is corporate-babble, or is part of a phrase that is: “primary focus”, “launch”, “addressing”, “ecosystem“, “issues”, “the data showed”, “adversely impacted”, “users’ experience”.
Let’s try a translation into user-speak:
“After we started selling Windows Vista, we decided that the most important thing to do was to fix the stuff that makes our customers think it’s a load of crap.”
And, after all, isn’t that what any business ought to do? Shouldn’t they have done it before they forced it on everyone by having it installed on every computer sold?
I’m not a Microsoft basher; in fact, I think they generally do a good job, and they’ve made vast improvements in Windows through the years. Vista is not one of them, overall; there are real enhancements there, but there's too much junk in it too, and too much has changed at once. And Mr DeVaan can’t hide that behind buzzwords and babble.
[Hat tip to Les Jenkins, at Stupid Evil Bastard.]