@jeff, while I agree with you about the most important goal, I don't think Steve meant "daily" when he said "everyday". He meant "quotidien/mundane/matter-of-fact/run-of-the-mill/as-expected". And no, I'm not checking a thesaurus, on-line or otherwise <g>, so I may not be expressing this exactly right either. IAC, Steve's point in that sentence is one I'm pretty sure you don't disagree with at all:
We want good releases with reliable code, and part of making sure those releases are good and the code is reliable is a very straightforward and consistent test-merge-and-deployment process.
I ILisa) personally don't care whether that process is called DevOps or whatever, btw.
If somebody (Microsoft in this case) has such a process, and if that somebody has committed to dates for releases, you'd expect that the dates would be met, even though some release dates might offer fewer fixes and improvements than others. It's almost impossible that *nothing* was improved or fixed within that interval, with a product this complex.
At least, that's my interpretation of the point Steve was trying to make.