Today is the day authors traditionally write things that aren't oh so serious, so I'm wondering why Steve Ballmer keeps talking about the evolution of software at Microsoft but never intelligent design. Every time I go to a Microsoft or SQL Server conference, I hear people talking about evolutionary changes. Doesn't evolution have something to do with random changes? If I wanted random changes, I'd be using open source. Haven't you used a new feature that was so good, so suited to the tasks you do that you thought, wow, the people who designed this are really good?
I visit the Microsoft campus every now and then, ostensibly to work or attend meetings. But I have a secret agenda in these trips. I'm looking for the intelligent designer. Or designers. When I walk around the Microsoft campus, I carefully examine each building wondering if an intelligent designer works there. I'm not swayed by all of that talk about evolution at Microsoft. I think the intelligent designers should get credit for great design work instead of having their work described as the result of natural selection (although when something doesn't work well, blaming it on a deleterious mutation might be convenient). Does Visual Studio have a class evolver in it? No! It has a class designer.
Now all of us have had at least one coworker in the past whose work was clearly random. Maybe you've worked on a project with no intelligent design at all. In those cases, perhaps random evolutionary change is the only hope for anything good to happen. I'm looking for less evolution and more intelligent design on my next project or in my next purchase.