Measuring the scale of a release of Windows 7

Long Zheng has generated a word cloud using Wordle of Steven Sinofsky latest post on Windows 7 blog that has somewhat 4,800 words. Steven says: “When we started planning the release, the first thing some might think we have to decide is if Windows 7 (client) would be a “major release” or not. “I put that […]

Long Zheng has generated a word cloud using Wordle of Steven Sinofsky latest post on Windows 7 blog that has somewhat 4,800 words.

Steven says:

“When we started planning the release, the first thing some might think we have to decide is if Windows 7 (client) would be a “major release” or not. “I put that in quotes because it turns out this isn’t really something you decide nor is it something with a single answer. The magnitude of a release is as much about your perspective on the features as it is about the features themselves. One could even ask if being declared a major release is a compliment or not. As engineers planning a product we decide up front the percentage of our development team will that work on the release and the extent of our schedule—with the result in hand customers each decide for themselves if the release is “major”, though of course we like to have an opinion. On the server blog we talked about the schedule and we shared our opinion of the scale of the releases of Windows 7 client and server.

Our goal is about building an awesome release of Windows 7.”