Constant Change

By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2005-12-01 Print this article Print

But 360is Risicato did not agree that that a world of continuous updating awaits us not too far into the future; he said PCs and servers need to become more like appliances and less like bleeding-edge widgets. "The operation of the hardware-software environment must evolve to more stability, less volatility in order to allow IT staff/operations/consumers to spend their time creating value for organizations. Our digital world will be predicated on the deft manipulation of information/data, and every minute spent on managing and updating hardware is time stolen from productivity," he said, suggesting that if computers operated like phones or refrigerators or televisions, then users could spend all of their time using the device rather than working on it.
"Thats the future I want to see companies like Microsoft striving for. Constant change is only good for the people initiating the changes. For everyone else, its disruptive, risky and labor intensive. In 2005, people are excited about their equipment if it doesnt crash for a month or two in a row. If only my computer equipment was as reliable as my 3-year-old car," he said.
Earlier this week, Microsoft said it had pushed back the release of the second beta for Windows Vista into next year. But, at the same time, it has accelerated the development of the feature-set for that operating system, which should be mostly complete by the end of December and integrated into the product early next year. Amitabh Srivastava, Microsofts corporate vice president for Windows core operating system development, stressed that the beta two pushback will have no impact on the final release schedule for Windows Vista, which is still on track for release in the second half of 2006. Microsoft will also release a CTP (Community Technology preview) before the December holidays, which will include a number of new features, he said, declining to give details on those. "But these changes will result in testers getting a feature-complete version of Vista earlier than for any other Windows product," he said last week. Click here to read more about how Microsoft has revamped the Vista preview system. CTPs are interim pre-release versions of a product that are not beta quality and represent a snapshot of a product under development at a given time. Microsoft has decided to move away from its policy of issuing monthly CTPs for Windows Vista, and will now release these based on when they achieve quality milestones, Srivastava said. Check out eWEEK.coms for Microsoft and Windows news, views and analysis.

Peter Galli has been a financial/technology reporter for 12 years at leading publications in South Africa, the UK and the US. He has been Investment Editor of South Africa's Business Day Newspaper, the sister publication of the Financial Times of London.

He was also Group Financial Communications Manager for First National Bank, the second largest banking group in South Africa before moving on to become Executive News Editor of Business Report, the largest daily financial newspaper in South Africa, owned by the global Independent Newspapers group.

He was responsible for a national reporting team of 20 based in four bureaus. He also edited and contributed to its weekly technology page, and launched a financial and technology radio service supplying daily news bulletins to the national broadcaster, the South African Broadcasting Corporation, which were then distributed to some 50 radio stations across the country.

He was then transferred to San Francisco as Business Report's U.S. Correspondent to cover Silicon Valley, trade and finance between the US, Europe and emerging markets like South Africa. After serving that role for more than two years, he joined eWeek as a Senior Editor, covering software platforms in August 2000.

He has comprehensively covered Microsoft and its Windows and .Net platforms, as well as the many legal challenges it has faced. He has also focused on Sun Microsystems and its Solaris operating environment, Java and Unix offerings. He covers developments in the open source community, particularly around the Linux kernel and the effects it will have on the enterprise.

He has written extensively about new products for the Linux and Unix platforms, the development of open standards and critically looked at the potential Linux has to offer an alternative operating system and platform to Windows, .Net and Unix-based solutions like Solaris.

His interviews with senior industry executives include Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, Linus Torvalds, the original developer of the Linux operating system, Sun CEO Scot McNealy, and Bill Zeitler, a senior vice president at IBM.

For numerous examples of his writing you can search under his name at the eWEEK Website at


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