__/ [ Ray Ingles ] on Friday 24 March 2006 13:07 \__
> On 2006-03-24, Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>>| 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 to SHN.
>> This is still alleged to be an uncofirmed rumour.
> That's flat impossible for a codebase that large (wasn't XP around 40
> million lines?) if they have the slightest, dimmest hope of shipping
> *anything* this year or early next year. Especially given *their*
> Sure it's a rumor. They can't possibly do that, and so they'll end up
> cramming in as much new code as they can manage (which won't be anywhere
> near what they want, let alone need). They'll ship, regardless of the
> actual quality or readiness, and address the numerous problems with
> major patches, things that replace whole subsystems.
This turns out to be true; not just a rumour (spreading to media ATM). Think
of this as a plan, only a tiny subset of which will reach the Vista trunk.
It leave very little time for public testing. Rather than extend in the next
5 years (Monad, WinFS, etc.), it seems like Microsoft will only play
catch-up by re-writing code. They already play catch-up with Apple and
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