Dean Takahashi asked this quetion in his article.
Business Week estimates it took 10,000 employees about five years to ship Vista...
If we assume Microsoft's costs per employee are about $200,000 a year, then the estimated payroll costs alone for Vista hover around $10 billion.
That has to be close to the costs of some of the biggest engineering projects ever undertaken, such as the Manhattan Project that created the atomic bomb during the Second World War.
Of course, there was that reset, so let's consider that prototyping. But he ended it with
When I think about how much Microsoft poured into Vista, I'm reminded of a conversation I had with a longtime Microserf.
"I think about what it could have been,'' he said.
Source: Vista cost $10 Billions to develop?
Originally published on Thu, 30 Nov 2006 21:45:12 GMT by Minh