Microsoft manufactures ironic failures

When you're trying to fix something, try not to break it, too

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Microsoft seems to have been manufacturing ironic failures lately.

A couple of weeks ago it released a Windows 7 update that broke virtual machines built on VMware View – the desktop virtualization product heavily marketed at one point as a good way to migrate to Windows 7 without having to buy a bunch of new desktop machines.

Then it shipped an update to Windows Phone 7 that broke the process for updating Windows Phone 7, even though the update was designed to iron out different bumps in the update process.

Microsoft admitted the error and stopped the updates to Samsung phones. It also said about 10 percent of Windows Phone 7 users didn't get the update for reasons that had nothing to do with the update – too little storage space or a spotty network connection.

Today it patched a bug in the Microsoft Malware Protection Engine that would make it easier for attackers to get administrative control using the Malware engine itself.

When I put an extension on the house a few years ago, the contractor hired an electrician we nicknamed Rerun, because every time he came to install something, he had to come back a day later to fix it, then come a third time to fix whatever he broke on the second visit.

I haven't seen him in a couple of years.

I wonder if he works at Microsoft now?

Kevin Fogarty writes about enterprise IT for ITworld. Follow him on Twitter @KevinFogarty.

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