These "potential known defects" are now officially called "points of focus".
The memo is now claimed to be "an incentive tool" for the programmers (even
though Win2K had already been released to production) and it is claimed to
refer to code modules "not included in Windows 2000" (even though
the memo is pretty clear that these issues are in the released code). One
thing Microsoft did not try to do was deny the memo. They have confirmed it
So how serious are these 63,000 bugs? Well, a lot of them are surely "false positives" just as Microsoft claims. They were reported by Microsoft's "Prefix" debugging tool, which is fallible (as are similar tools from other vendors). Others are insignificant for other reasons. The estimate given by programming leader Marc Lucovsky in the original memo, 28,000 "real" problems, seems quite logical.
The big question is: how many unknown bugs are there and how serious are they? Inevitably, there will be plenty of them too.
News of the now famous memo was released by Mary Jo Foley of Ziff Davis. Microsoft had not respond to inquires from Ms Foley by press time, so her original article was without Microsoft "clarification". Soon the spinning began, so Ms Foley published a clarification a few days later.
For those not familiar with on-line forums, note the massive reader response at the bottom of the articles. "Shill floods" like this mysteriously occur whenever Microsoft has been publicly embarrassed by something that is unquestionably genuine. Normally an article, even one highly critical of Microsoft, gets just a few posts from each side.
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