Shane Nokes, on 20 November 2012 - 23:38, said:
Just to point something out here.
Yes MS has billions...if they devoted every dollar of that to every project nothing would ever get done. Think about that carefully. If I used those billions just on this app, or just on that app...it would halt everything else.
Resources are spread out, including cash. I realize you probably know that...but felt the need to mention it since I see that comment a lot.
You are correct. But when people mention that, they are doing it tongue in check. I think for say, 1 million, you could add the basic functionality that is missing. People refer to the cash reserves at MS when they feel that something MS has done is just beyond the pale. Like release the default Music app for Windows 8 with such basic functionality missing or not working. Did anyone QA it at all?
And search, are you seriously telling me their internal usability tests didn't uncover how many search scenarios this implementation would just be a kludge of a mess?
Given MS' resources and market dominance, it's just unacceptable. But of course each division has a budget. But still, there's no excuse for a lone app dev to implement better search and usability in a music app than whatever division and team of programmers and project managers at MS did with the Music app.
To be honest, I'd fire whoever is responsible for the Music app being in the shape it's in. That's just how bad I feel it is. And gain, it's the fact that it is released in cutting edge products (Surface, Windows 8 OS) at such a critical time. How does that happen?
I'd also fire whoever signed off on the Windows 8 search implementation. I think these two things are just glaring examples of unacceptable incompetency, complacency.
Again, the bigger concern is there's clearly something wrong with the culture at Microsoft in the consumer division(s) to allow these things to get out in this shape. Search I would imagine falls under Windows and they did let Sinofsky go.
Edit: And for the record, I really like Windows 8, and love the Surface.