Vista Delay: 60% Rewrite?

posted on 03/24/06 at 10:46:57 pm by Joel Ross

There've been reports all over the place today that 60% of Vista is going to be rewritten before it's released. Scoble has already refuted the claim, but he did it through Microsoft's PR firm, so people are still questoning it.

Seriously though, let's take a step back and think about this: if 60% is going to be rewritten, then how could they ever expect to get it out by January? Vista has been on the horizon for a couple of years now, and has been probably been actively developed for at least a year beyond that. So it's taken 36 months to get to where we are, and Microsoft is going to throw away more than 21 of those months. Not only that, but then rebuild it in eight months? Remember, Vista is slated to be released to volume customers in November. With Microsoft's focus on security, there's no way they could ensure that this new code is secure, let alone stable.

Personally, I'm with Scoble on this one...

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