re: Windows is on a vicious downward spiral
Well, yes they always had issues. But after XP & Server 2003, or in parallel, when Vista development started they totally lost it. Too many stupid changes, too much emphasis on cosmetics, FAR FAR too big a team. Auditorium just for the team leaders? When I read that (2004?) I thought, "No-one can manage that size programming effort, certainly not MS."