Forget new--how about a stable OS?

A reader writes that instead of releasing a new operating system every three years, Microsoft might want to spend that time making improvements to existing software.


Forget new--how about a stable OS?

In response to the May 17 Soapbox column by Craig Mundie, "Commercial software, sustainable innovation":

How great it would be if Microsoft operating systems were able to maintain their current level of innovation and usability but add the well-earned stability of the Unix (and Linux) operating systems.

If licensing on three-year terms is the way Microsoft wishes to proceed with its enterprise software, then perhaps it should spend more time in development, adding additional error handling and removing the large number of documented bugs before releasing the product to the public.

Consumers and businesses do not need a new operating system every three years. What they need is an operating system that will run stable for long periods of time so that they don't have to worry about whether Outlook is going to lock up the system or Word is going to crash before they get a chance to save a document.

Just a thought.

David Young
Wilmington, N.C.