Microsoft today denied rumours that it has redeployed all but 12 of its Memphis development team into the Windows NT 5.0 camp, to try to reduce alleged NT delays.
The software giant has tried to position NT as the preferred operating system for its corporate users and it is, therefore, key to its enterprise ambitions.
The reports followed hot on the heels of Microsoft's admission that Memphis - the latest release of Windows - was late and could be delayed until next year, missing the key Christmas selling period. That announcement was enough to wipe $4.5 billion off the value of Microsoft's shares in the early part of Monday's trading.
Any relocation of Memphis developers to NT would indicate that, despite the Windows crisis, NT is the top priority for Microsoft in its quest for the corporate market.
But Anne Mitchard, Microsoft's desktop systems marketing manager, said: "Our development team has categorically denied that there's been a redeployment of development resource. They're still working hard on completing the first beta of Memphis for the first half of this year."
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