Weighing Technology vs
. Business Acumen"> Although we could have made several choices for a replacement for me, I had strong views on what type of leader would be necessary and I think as time goes on that Kevin can make those tradeoffs. He listens, he does deep analysis and he can actually make the tradeoffs because he will get the pros and the cons and then make a decision, and then people will also feel good about it.Do you see Brian Valentines role changing as a result of your retirement? Everybody is focused on getting Windows Vista done right now, or on getting the next Windows Live feature out. We are talking about how the future organization should look, but it is too premature to hazard a guess. [Valentine is the senior vice president for Microsofts Windows Core Operating System Division]. But doesnt Valentine have that broad and deep technical knowledge of Windows that would be useful to Johnson in the role he assumes once you retire? Yes, but to be clear, that deep technological knowledge can be used in a lot of places. One of the things we have the opportunity to do now is step back and look across the whole future that we are trying to create and say where can we apply that talent best. Its too early to say, and all these people can be used in so many different ways. But we are, right now, focused on trying to ship this product. Have those big picture features that did not make Vista been shifted to the version of Windows beyond Vista, now code-named Vienna? Vienna is far enough out that I do not think about it in terms of core features, but I think about it in terms of themes and that we are working on a set of core technologies, whether or not they make Vienna, that we want to get to. There are areas where Im spending time with the core development team in terms of componentization, extensibility and the application model and those sorts of things. But that is for the future, not for Windows Vista. Are any of the Windows Vista development team moving across to Vienna now that the product is feature complete? There is a minor, small set of people who have been working on some advanced technologies, but it is a very small number and we have so many issues that we are trying to work through here [with Vista]. As I mentioned, device performance, application compatibility and device drivers. I mean we are just at the point where everybody is all-hands-on-deck. But we do have some people looking at the things of the future and doing some code, but they have been doing that for some time. Do you think that when Windows Vienna ships, it will be just a 64-bit version, rather than 32-bit and 64-bit versions as is the case with Vista? I certainly hope so. You know the decisions we have already made around that on
the server side. We are not going to have unsigned drivers and that is just the beginning for us to make the system that much more locked down. Not knowing where something is coming from is a real problem.
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