Does Bill Gates' computer crash? I presume that it must. Surely, the CEO of Microsoft corporation has a computer that uses Windows rather than Linux or the Macintosh OS. Presumably, there is not a better version of Windows out there which is made available only to Microsoft executives while the general public suffers. And, I have never observed a Windows machine that does not crash. I have worked for publicly held corporations, for small law firms, I have run all manner of computers at home, and I simply have never seen a Windows machine that doesn't routinely crash.
We are not talking about uses that are unexpected here. I use my computer for word processing, an occassional Xcel spreadsheet, and internet browsing. I don't do high end graphics applications, don't play computer games and don't do sophisticated mathematical calculations. Yet, invariably, something goes wrong. Error messages pop up, programs shut down for no apparent reason, and occassionally the whole system just locks up.
The crashes happen even when you have a machine that uses nothing but Microsoft software in the most recent versions, and a couple of industry standards like the Adobe Acrobat reader. Even when there is no sign of Netscape, Firefox, Open Office, or Wordperfect anywhere to be seen. The processers are typical the Intel products for which the programs were designed.
Is it really so hard for one of the biggest corporations in the world with thousands of employees to produce less buggy software? Linux and the Mac OS generally do not crash. Neither effort was developed with anything approaching the resources that Microsoft has available to it.
Surely, Microsoft knows that the problems exist. Surely, those thousands of top flight computer programmers have a better idea about what causes those problems than I do. Why don't they care?