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Vista and the saga of the impossible rewrite

Posted on: March 25, 2006

One of the more interesting things to come out over the weekend is an article written by renown Australian journalist Dave Richards, provocatively titled 60% Of Windows Vista Code To Be Rewritten.

The article states that the Microsoft Vista team has undergone a large scale restructuring in order to meet its deadline for the CES show in January 2007. It then lists an internal memo verbatim that underlines this restructuring and the vision for the new team.

Let me say first off, before quoting others, that while it is believable that MS is rushing to get the final changes and tweaks done before going to the presses, it seems ridiculous and sensational to claim that any major OS is going to get a 60% rewrite at this stage of the project, the fact is that people have been running Vista betas for months now out there in the real world and it certainly doesn’t seem like a product that needs to be near rebuilt. In terms of time frame this is just not feasible and if these projects are run properly there should be absolutely no reason for this to happen at this late stage.

In a further development today, Richards cites Mr Raymond Vardanega, MD of Acer Australia as having confirmed this rumour and hints that the problem is contained somewhere in the Media Center portion of Vista.

Robert Scoble is currently denying all reports and quotes the X-box team as having unvalidated the comments on them giving up developers towards the Vista cause.

Further more this quote from the Xbox blog:

In fact, Vista is feature complete – meaning the code writing process is essentially over. The next phase of development focuses on security, testing and fit/finish – not writing new code. Vista is on track for business availability in November 2006 and consumer availability in January 2007.

At this stage it is unclear what is exactly going on at Redmond, but for now it seems unlikely that there really exists such a massive problem on the code base and I am going to dismiss this as rumour mongering for now, at least until Microsoft takes up an official stance on the problem.

Further rumour based reporting at the inquirer.

What ever happened to getting both sides of the story before running with it? Is this the effect that blogs are having on mainstream reporting? I hope not. Is there still something to be called integrity and accuracy in reporting, or have blogging made it obsolete? I am not saying that there is no semblance of truth in these articles, merely that at this stage no one really knows enough to make any real concrete comments, its all word-of-mouth until Redmond takes an official stance, which is not Scoble’s role btw.

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