Redmond, WA - Microsoft has recently put programmers through a two
month training program to increase security and stability in its
software as part of its Trustworthy Computing Initiative. CEO, Steve
Ballmer announced today that this training has progressed very well,
but that changes "will not take effect until the company has
goes through scheduled and unscheduled restarts several times a week
within its different divisions, but a company wide restart has not
been attempted for 5 years when Bill Gates announced that the company
would focus on the Internet. It took about 2 years for the company
to become fully operational again.
"It takes a long time for a large, bloated company like Microsoft
to restart. There's lots of programmers to change, and tests to go
through. Plus, they're in the middle of a lot of stuff right now
and they have to save all of that before they can restart," said
Merrill Lynch analyst Winston Diettrich.
Ballmer announced in a rare corporate wide e-mail that employees
would have 1 month to save their work before he hits Ctrl-Alt-Delete
to restart the company.
"Microsoft must be very careful not to change course before
this restart takes place," continued Diettrich. "Otherwise
they'll have to put all their programmers through training again."
Employees inside the company voiced some concerns about the planned
restart. "I don't mind these planned restarts," said one
senior programmer, "but when I lose a week's worth of work because
the company just restarts out of the blue I get annoyed. I wish we
could get the restarts to go faster too. Usually when one is announced
I'll plan my vacation around it. I'll go down to Colombia and get
some coffee beans or something."
Microsoft has been working hard to develop a instant restart program
for the company for several years but to no avail.
During the restart visitors to the Redmond headquarters will have
to remain outside the building and stare at the Microsoft logo while
the company is reconfigured.
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