, wastingtime​withforums wrote

Quote: Windows 7 and Windows 8 were developed in abject isolation from the outside world, because Microsoft disbanded the beta testing teams that had previously offered feedback at a very early point in development.

Look, I know that you agree with Paul's main point, and therefore want to agree with him wholeheartedly as a beacon of good Internet journalism, but some of the stuff he's said is just made up.

For example, suggesting that Microsoft disbanded beta testing after they not only patently did lots of usability testing with real users, but in fact, Developer Preview and Consumer Preview had the biggest userbase of any beta ever before in history for any technology product ever.

Now there's an argument about whether they did anything with the feedback, but claiming that they didn't collect it is just utter, fact-ignoring bokum.