I knew this before, as it has been stated by marketing zombies at the Redmond company, but its the first time I have seen it states as blunt as in this interview with Mr. Gates himself.
Basically: Microsoft does not release software to fix bugs. Many people would argue they don’t fix bugs at all, and after reading this interview, I would say that Mr. Gates all but confirms that.
But there are bugs an any version which people would really like to have fixed.
No! There are no significant bugs in our released software that any significant number of users want fixed.
Oh, my God. I always get mad at my computer if MS Word swallows the page numbers of a document which I printed a couple of times with page numbers. If I complain to anybody they say “Well, upgrade from version 5.11 to 6.0”.
No! If you really think there’s a bug you should report a bug. Maybe you’re not using it properly. Have you ever considered that?
Yeah, I did…
It turns out Luddites don’t know how to use software properly, so you should look into that. — The reason we come up with new versions is not to fix bugs. It’s absolutely not. It’s the stupidest reason to buy a new version I ever heard. When we do a new version we put in lots of new things that people are asking for. And so, in no sense, is stability a reason to move to a new version. It’s never a reason.