Microsoft hits back at Dick bashing

On Thursday a scathing opinion piece appeared in The New York Times written by former Microsoft VP Dick Brass who claims Microsoft 'no longer brings us the future'.

Dick Brass was a vice president at Microsoft from 1997 to 2004 and worked primarily on e-book software and Microsoft's Tablet PC computing vision.  Brass' team developed ClearType but his claims in the editorial suggest that it was delayed from shipping until Windows Vista. Brass suggests the technology was ready in 1998 but due to false claims from the Windows team and the head of Office products, then Steven Sinofsky, the technology was delayed from launching. Apparently engineers in the Windows team claimed it "made the display go haywire when certain colors were used" and Sinofsky said "it was fuzzy and gave him headaches".

Brass also argues that the Tablet PC was restricted at launch because of the Office team. He claims Sinofsky didn't like the concept and "he much preferred keyboards to pens and thought our efforts doomed". Brass feels that although the Tablet cost hundreds of millions to develop, Sinofsky sabotaged his teams efforts. The claims are bold and offer a rare insight into Microsoft's history. Sinofsky is currently the VP of Windows and was responsible for the turnaround of Windows 7. Brass also touches on the Xbox 360, calling it "at best an equal contender in the game console business."

Microsoft responded on Thursday to Brass' claims in a company blog post by Frank Shaw, VP Corporate Communications at Microsoft. Shaw disagrees with Brass' opinion and feels the company can still compete and innovate. He picks out two main points, the Xbox 360 and ClearType. Shaw claims Xbox 360 was the first high-definition console and will be the first to provide controller-free gaming later this year with Project Natal. Shaw also defends Microsoft's decisions over ClearType, admitting the company could have shipped it faster but that it's now included in every copy of Windows and is installed on around a billion PCs around the world. "This is a great example of innovation with impact: innovation at scale" Shaw states. In response to the Office and Tablet claims Shaw simply points towards OneNote which is a key part of Office today.

Brass touches on some valid and some invalid points in his opinion piece. Microsoft has certainly lost ground to smartphones like the BlackBerry or iPhone and search engines like Google. Digital music systems like the iPod and iTunes dominate the market share and mind share of customers. Brass claims Microsoft is a "clumsy, uncompetitive innovator". With the iPad on the horizon and web services like Facebook and Twitter soaring in popularity, is Windows and Office all that Microsoft has got left to innovate with?

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Who the hell is Dick Bashing? What a terribly dapper name. Seriously though that is the best title since Google Binged Neowin in the Yahoo.

Ani Maul said,
Who the hell is Dick Bashing? What a terribly dapper name. Seriously though that is the best title since Google Binged Neowin in the Yahoo.

woulda been funny if they thought of it. its a tshirthell shirt from a long time ago.

"Youtube myspace and ill google your yahoo"

tablet_user said,

woulda been funny if they thought of it. its a tshirthell shirt from a long time ago.

"Youtube myspace and ill google your yahoo"


That was neither the inspiration for our previous title or anything similar to our previous title...

Frylock86 said,
ClearType in 1998? What would have been the point? We still had CRT monitors back then. Minus laptop computers, I never saw an LCD on a desktop until after 2001

Cleartype improves text on CRTs too.

toadeater said,

Cleartype improves text on CRTs too.

No they don't. CRTs usually have no sub-pixel rendering. So all cleartype will do is make things look like a blurry mess.

Now if you have a monitor with an aperture grille, then yes cleartype will provide some benefit.

For the most part, and in most situations, cleartype is for LCDs only.

Edited by -Razorfold, Feb 5 2010, 8:03am :

/- Razorfold said,

No they don't. CRTs usually have no sub-pixel rendering. So all cleartype will do is make things look like a blurry mess.

Now if you have a monitor with an aperture grille, then yes cleartype will provide some benefit.

For the most part, and in most situations, cleartype is for LCDs only.

I guess that explains Sinofsky's comment about it being blurry...

M_Lyons10 said,

I guess that explains Sinofsky's comment about it being blurry...

no his vision was blurry from to much dick bashing LOL

and i use clear type on my CRT works fine for me you just gotta pick the right selections

Regression_88 said,
Microsoft quenches spouting Dick with swollen head.
Microsoft sets Dick straight on tablet.
... yeah, I'm bored.

Hey man don't bash my Dick. :laugh:

Oh well... Brass could have done something, or came out & said something in '98. Brass could have also made his claims publicly when he left the company years later. What happened in the years between 2003 (when he left) & 2110, today? Sounds too much like someone dissatisfied with their life, just begging for attention -- fits that profile so well that, IMHO he lacks much if any credibility, & don't particularly feel like indulging him by paying any attention.

OTOH whether MS brings the future or not is always open for debate/discussion -- it just has little or nothing to do with Dick & his lack of brass *****.

Were getting dangerously close to the old bumper sticker from 1972"Lick Dick in 72"
Lets stop right there.
I have to admit the guy sounded like just more sour grapes than substance. Media loves to quote x Microsofties.

whiplash55 said,
Were getting dangerously close to the old bumper sticker from 1972"Lick Dick in 72"
Lets stop right there.
I have to admit the guy sounded like just more sour grapes than substance. Media loves to quote x Microsofties.

Yeah, it did sound like a very personal matter... Like he'd been insulted and lashed out... Very childish really.

"Digital music systems like the iPod and iTunes dominate the market share and mind share of customers. "
I repeat, IT IS NOT TRUE, Ipod/iphone is not more than 1% of the portable audio market.

The detail is that it is hard to measure the amount of mp3 pendrive around here, just for name another portable audio devices. Ipod is all about marketing.

Windows7even said,
wow..a normal user would get the banhammer for making a title like that

why it's got nothing rude in it other than what your smutty brain makes it out to be

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