Microsoft denies Vista code rewrite rumors

— 5:04 PM on March 25, 2006

Microsoft has denied rumors that 60% of the Windows Vista code needed to be rewritten before its release in January 2007. The rumors were started by an article on Smart House, an Australian magazine. The article cited a "Microsoft insider" as claiming that 60% of Vista's code had to be rewritten due to "many problems associated with entertainment and media center functionality inside the OS," and that Microsoft was pulling some developers from the Xbox team to accomplish the task. A Microsoft spokesperson told BetaNews that this was "speculation with no demonstrable basis in fact," and that there weren't any Xbox developers moving to the Vista team. The spokesperson also stated that the next phase of Vista development will focus on "security, testing and fit/finish - not writing new code."

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