WASHINGTON, District of Columbia — In a press release today, Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) announced the Windows 10 rollout would be further delayed because an outside tester discovered a bug in the latest build, Windows 10 build 10162.
The press release did not indicate the length of the delay. It contained a statement from Joe Belfiore, Corporate Vice President of Microsoft’s Operating Systems Group: “Despite the unexpected delay, we are confident we’ll meet our scheduled rollout plans. So all the eagerly waiting PCs and tablets users will still get their Windows 10 rollout on time this summer. ”
The brief three-paragraph document did not provide details about the discovered bug. However, tech insider and blogger Ernest Datum said the bug was not a bug but instead they discovered code for the Windows 8/8.1 Charm Bar hidden inside the Windows 10 build.
Mr. Datum, a 30-year IT veteran who worked at some of the biggest companies in Silicon Valley, edits the technology blog Kill That Damn Charm Bar Forever Now. He said his sources inside Microsoft headquarters, Redmond, Washington, informed him they were lucky Charm Bar code was discovered before the rollout because “It would’ve been hell to pay for the Windows 10 team after how bad they screwed up Windows 8.”
According to Mr. Datum, the delay was caused by internal sabotage from a member of the Windows 8 team.
“It was an inside job. The guy who did it wrote most of the code for Charm Bar. So, you know, he still thinks it’s a good feature, when by now most users know it sucks royally. So he reconfigured the codes and hid it inside the build so Charm Bar would not appear until downloaded to a desktop.”
In Windows 8.0/8.1, Charm Bar is a toolbar that pops out whenever the mouse motion nears the top or bottom right corner of a computer screen. It was intended to be a shortcut to several functions, but it quickly drew the ire of longtime Windows desktop users as a notorious nuisance that seemed to pop out continuously without a prompt.
Mr. Datum said because Charm Bar is not a part of Windows 10 the code had been deprecated to malware status. The outside tester found the hidden code for Charm Bar because he uses “NSA-strength malware detection software.”
“They’re still relying on Windows Security Essentials. They still have faith in that crappy software. So the guy wrote in some code that couldn’t be detected. And it wasn’t.”
The sources told Mr. Datum the rollout will be only for Xbox users. “Since they pretty much pissed off all the desktop users with Windows 8, they don’t want all that backlash again, so they’re going to piss off the gamers this time,” said Mr. Datum.
Givhan N. Cites reports technology news.