60-percent of Windows Vista code to be rewritten

“Up to 60% of the code in the new consumer version of Microsoft new Vista operating system is set to be rewritten as the Company ‘scrambles’ to fix internal problems a Microsoft insider has confirmed,” David Richards reports for Smarthouse News. “In an effort to meet a deadline of the 2007 CES show in Las Vegas Microsoft has pulled programmers from the highly succesful Xbox team to help resolve many problems associated with entertainment and media centre functionality inside the OS. The team are also working closely with engineers from the Intel Viiv team. and it is now expected that the next version of Viiv could be delayed to line up with the launch of the consumer version of Vista at the 2007 CES Show in Las Vegas.”

“One of the key components of the consumer version of Vista is the Media Centre code. This will be an optional package in the same way that Microsoft currently sell a Professional and Home version of XP. With Vista there will not be a seperate Media Centre SKU,” Richards reports. “Microsoft has also admitted that it has major problems in it’s Windows division and has has immediatly initiated a total restructure of the division, a move that comes after a costly delay in rolling out its Vista program.”

Full article along with the text of an internal memo written by Kevin Johnson the Co-President of the Windows division here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “mango” for the heads up.]

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89 Comments

  1. So they pulled people from the Xbox team (which still screwed up– look at the glitches in the 360) to fix up Windows? Good move, real smart. Get the console people to fix PCs.

  2. Way to go mango!

    I think a lot of what’s mentioned in the article has to do with the Trusted Computing chip being cracked so easily.

    (Apple used it to supposely lock Mac OS X to hardware and of course it failed)

    Apple is most likely hard at work with a stronger lock for their OS, just we don’t hear about what Apple’s up to internally all that much.

    But I’m sure Microsoft will not make their deadline, on top of that, there will be years of bugs because of the legacy kernel still being supported.

    This, combined with Office 2007 being delayed, if Apple seriously invaded the enterprise market they could make serious market share gains.

    Of course Intel would limit processor production and slow Apple up.

    WinTel Alliance, got to love working with the devil.

  3. Five years later, one rewrite and 60% incomplete and they expect it to ship in January?! Yeah, right. In what fairy tale land is that going to happen? They could get all the programmers in the world to code 24 hours a day for the next 6 months and they would not have come one step closer to approaching the fit and finish of OS X. Gosh, I hate Windows.

  4. I get the sneaking suspicion that this cluster*#!! will somehow adversely affect MS Office for the Mac out of pure bitterness. I can see Monkey Boy Ballmer jumping up and down like a crazed lunatic in the Mac Business unit stoming on Macs and boxed versions of Office for Mac hollering at the top of his lungs as he drags MSBU developers by the hairy armload kicking and screaming to the abysmal Windows development building. Heaven forbit his giant tongue not kill anyone in the process.

  5. Whatever Mycrowsoft releases in January, it will bear no resemblance to what was once called Longhorn.

    My prediction is that “Vista” for consumers won’t be released until mid summer 2007.

    Mycrowsoft has always been a shoddily managed firm. What we are seeing now, is the ugly underbelly after its abusive business practises have been stripped away, revealing the sloth that is Mycrowsoft.

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