Microsoft: 2000 Windows 7 bugs to be fixed thanks to testers

Posted on Saturday, Feb 28 2009 @ 02:10 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
Microsoft senior vice president Steven Sinofsky unveiled his company has fixes planned for over 2,000 bugs found by Windows 7 beta testers.
Mr. Sinofsky writes that at its peak, Microsoft was receiving one Send Feedback report every 15 seconds for an entire week. It has received 500,000 feedback reports already -- approximately 500 per developer, part of why it has been too busy to say much. Microsoft also thanks its Connect members (the MSDN/Technet enrolled beta customers) for sending in numerous technical reports. Both the public and the Connect feedback has helped more bugs be found and fixed than in any previous Windows release, Mr. Sinofsky states.

Mr. Sinofsky shed light on Microsoft's definition of a bug as well, stating:

Let's talk a bit about "bugs". Up front it is worth making sure we're on the same page when we use the much overloaded term bug. For us a bug is any time the software does something that someone one wasn't expecting it to do. A bug can be a cosmetic issue, a consistency issue, a crash, a hang, a failure to succeed, a confusing user experience, a compatibility issue, a missing feature, or any one of dozens of different ways that the software can behave in a way that isn't expected. A bug for us is not an emotional term, but just shorthand for an entry in our database representing feedback on the product. Bugs can be reported by a human or by the various forms of telemetry built into Windows 7. This broad definition allows us to track and catalog everything experienced in the product and do so in a uniform manner.


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