For Windows 9 they should just switch to a Unix core like OS X rather than pushing Win32/Win64
When I read the title: Hmmm, SMD, what kind of a feature is that...?
Ray Ozzie (Chief Software Architect) and Jim Allchin (Co-President of Platform Products and Services Group) were the top people during Vista. Both of which are no longer at Microsoft (retired). Jim left the day Vista released, Ray Dec 31st of last year.
Either way you can't blame who ever's at the top. Jim bashed Vista prior to the reset (which lead to the reset most likely)
"I am not sure how the company lost sight of what matters to our customers (both business and home) the most, but in my view we lost our way. I think our teams lost sight of what bug-free means, what resilience means, what full scenarios mean, what security means, what performance means, how important current applications are, and really understanding what the most important problems [our] customers face are. I see lots of random features and some great vision, but that doesn’t translate into great products.
I would buy a Mac today if I was not working at Microsoft. ... Apple did not lose their way. ..."
No one person is to blame for Vista.