Nate Waddoups, Senior SDE at Microsoft answering “What is so great about Microsoft?” on Quora:

The Windows team invests a mind-boggling amount of time, hardware, and people into maintaining compatibility. There are bugs in Windows that could have been fixed years ago, but can’t be, because that would break applications that (deliberately or accidentally) depend on those bugs. Bug-for-bug compatibility is a problem, but breaking backward compatibility would be a much bigger problem, so even as the lowest layers of the operating system are revised and rewritten, the layers that applictions talk to (the application programming interface, or API) are carefully tested to ensure that no changes are visible to the application.

Bugs as a feature. Can’t imagine why so many of us ditched Windows years ago.

  1. thomasmontana reblogged this from parislemon and added:
    LOL
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    Windows RULES!
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  6. timbeyers reblogged this from parislemon and added:
    Or avoided Windows in the first place …
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    “No compromises” tends to mean “compromise everything”.
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  10. taotsu2 reblogged this from parislemon and added:
    WTF? How can they even state that? I don’t get it!
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    So we have legacy bugs and crammed with confusing metro touch UI. Who exactly is going to be using windows by the time...
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  13. bookofdoomed reblogged this from parislemon and added:
    Quality is never a feature of an M$ product unless they have no alternative. As a marketing company, they have no...
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