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Showstopper!: The Breakneck Race to Create Windows NT and the Next Generation at Microsoft by G. Pascal Zachary

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SHIP MODE

“No, we have to do better than this!”

And with that, on August 12, 1991, Paul Maritz shattered the tidy world of two technical leaders and a half dozen code writers.

Maritz was disappointed. By this point, NT’s value to customers should have been clear. According to the schedule, the program was supposed to be essentially finished within three months; yet at best NT’s code was 80 percent complete. Though not officially Cutler’s boss, Maritz actually oversaw the project. Although it was unusual for him to meddle with the guts of NT, he was dismayed by its weak security features. Now he jeopardized the schedule by asking the team to consider scrapping its work on security and starting over.

Security was something customers fretted ...

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