I’m on my way up to San Francisco to meet Ernie the Attorney. I think I’ll have a good stiff drink. After this week…
I see that someone in Acer is being quoted about Vista having “major problems.” Oh, I love this game. A marketer, down in Australia, working for one of our partners, gets to attack Microsoft through an unprofessional Web site that doesn’t try to do any fact checking or give two sides of the story. Well, enjoy your time at the top of Memeorandum.
Really, no matter what I, or anyone else says, there is no winning at this game. The Xbox team denies, on its blog, that Xbox programmers are moving over to Windows and confirms that Windows Vista is now feature complete so there won’t be any massive rewritting of Windows Vista code. The Windows team (and, yes, I’ve been calling around to friends on the team who’ll tell me the unpleasant truth) are totally denying that they will be rewriting any major pieces of code. They are in bug fix mode now, not in rewrite mode.
Even the evidence denies this story. At Mix06 last week we had Media Center PCs for people to use, running, gasp, Windows Vista. An entire keynote (damn cool demos too) ran on Windows Vista and it didn’t crash the entire time. That doesn’t sound like something that needs a 60% rewrite. Or something that isn’t on schedule to ship.
But, here’s a fun experiment. Why don’t you hang out with the guys who run Neowin? They religiously watch our binaries for changes (they often know about new features before I do, because they get leaks of the latest builds and look inside each DLL looking for new stuff). Ask them to track how much of our code changes between now and launch.
Loren Heiny says that maybe what the guy is talking about is actually past tense. That’s very possible. Windows Vista has new UI code, a rewritten audio stack, a rewritten networking stack, dramatically new code in Windows Media Center and the Tablet PC and speech recognition and browser pieces. So, over the entire five years that Vista has been worked on there is a good chunk of new code in there (and all the code has been recompiled with a new compiler, which adds more security features, among other things) but there is no way that 60% of Windows Vista is going to be rewritten between now and November. That’s just ridiculous on its face.