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Windows NT Dev Lead Dave Cutler Now Working on Xbox

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Microsoft Technical Fellow Dave Cutler has moved to Team Xbox.

Microsoft has revealed that Dave Cutler, responsible for leading the development of Windows NT, is now working on the Xbox. The news comes via Microsoft blogger Mary Jo Foley, who reports hearing that Cutler didn't have a whole lot to do in his position on the Azure team and had been moved to other projects. Just recently, another insider filled in the blanks with a tip that Cutler is working on the new Xbox. Redmond has since confirmed that Dave is now working on the Xbox.

“Dave is one of our brightest minds and is currently working on projects that will help advance our goals in the consumer space as we continue to grow the Xbox from a game-centric console to a complete home entertainment device,” the company told Foley

No other information about his role was offered, but Microsoft has made no secret of the fact that it wants the newest Xbox to be more than just a tool for gamers. Recent updates have pushed the focus onto media and TV more than ever and it's thought Microsoft will continue this line of thought with the next iteration of its console.

Cutler, 69, joined Microsoft in 1988 and has been there ever since. He holds the status of 'Senior Technical Fellow' at Microsoft and aside from leading the Windows NT team has also worked on Windows 2000, porting Windows to AMD's 64-bit AMD64 architecture, and the 64-bit versions of Windows XP Pro and Windows Server 2003 SP1.

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    sunflier , January 19, 2012 9:53 PM
    So...the next console release could be Xbox NT720 SP3??
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    alxianthelast , January 19, 2012 9:11 PM
    Xbox, where the talented go to die?
    How the mighty have fallen?
    Who's mangos did he get caught pinching...

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    Anonymous , January 19, 2012 9:40 PM
    The more they push away from gaming, the less i care about the xbox.
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    Shin-san , January 19, 2012 9:48 PM
    The x64 build of Windows came out incredibly fast considering AMD's release date.
  • 13 Hide
    sunflier , January 19, 2012 9:53 PM
    So...the next console release could be Xbox NT720 SP3??
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    zoemayne , January 19, 2012 9:53 PM
    i wonder how much he makes i know a standard level developer makes $250K for Google he should be getting well over $500K. Since he's been with them for ever.
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    FloKid , January 19, 2012 10:57 PM
    So I guess this means there will be no PS4... Great going anonymous lol.
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    dimar , January 19, 2012 11:16 PM
    I don't like the direction MS is taking with the next xbox. My PC can do everything + gaming. Can't they just create a miniITX system with custom Windows just for gaming + simple multimedia stuff. Make the same games compatible with regular PCs where user can do more tweaking..

    If there's no PS4, what happens to all the games I bought on PSN? I'm sure Sony is not that stupid.
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    darkavenger123 , January 19, 2012 11:28 PM
    So...they're trying to turn the XBOX into a server??? OMG...please..no more bloated OS for a console...all i want to do is to play games....
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    Anonymous , January 19, 2012 11:51 PM
    Windows NT made me switch to Windows from the Amiga since win95, 98 and Millenium it were all unprofessional versions and example no working OpenGL. The funny thing XBOX is now DirectX since it's the property of Microsoft :) 
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    JOSHSKORN , January 19, 2012 11:58 PM
    So the next XBOX will be what, now...the XBOX 2015?
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    knowom , January 20, 2012 12:34 AM
    Shin-sanThe x64 build of Windows came out incredibly fast considering AMD's release date.
    XP 64 bit was a great OS, but driver support for 64 bit was a bit spotty due to manufacturers who milked the 64 bit transition to sell new hardware or in other cases got lazy and opted to bypass support for XP64 entirely due to the smaller niche user base.

    It was actually a more secure OS though because it was 64 bit and had more of niche user base so hackers targeted it less with malicious code and performance thanks to 64 bit was better and really stable to me at least.
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    Azimuth01 , January 20, 2012 1:06 AM
    I have to wonder what a near-retirement-age server programmer knows about making games and game systems fun.

    Will we all need to know sql to use our XB720 as a media server?

    I hope he's taking orders from some 23 year old right out of collage who still has an idea what gamers want.
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    Azimuth01 , January 20, 2012 1:07 AM
    I have to wonder what a near-retirement-age server programmer knows about making games and game systems fun.

    Will we all need to know sql to use our XB720 as a media server?

    I hope he's taking orders from some 23 year old right out of collage who still has an idea what gamers want.
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    esrever , January 20, 2012 1:15 AM
    x64-box
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    Camikazi , January 20, 2012 1:44 AM
    knowomXP 64 bit was a great OS, but driver support for 64 bit was a bit spotty due to manufacturers who milked the 64 bit transition to sell new hardware or in other cases got lazy and opted to bypass support for XP64 entirely due to the smaller niche user base.It was actually a more secure OS though because it was 64 bit and had more of niche user base so hackers targeted it less with malicious code and performance thanks to 64 bit was better and really stable to me at least.

    I am actually still using XP x64 on one of my comps, it is stable and quick, and all my hardware has drivers.
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    Supertrek32 , January 20, 2012 1:58 AM
    I don't mind that they want to make it a media platform, but I hate how my xbox has become and adbox. I love the thing to death and I'm not some crazy, "OMG BOYCOTT!" fanatic who's gonna stop playing the game I love because of it, but WHY THE HELL ARE THE AD BOXES BIGGER THAN THE "PLAY GAME" BOX? Seriously. That is NOT O.K.
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    neiroatopelcc , January 20, 2012 9:45 AM
    Hmm with Cutler working on xbox, time might be right to aquire a console for the first time in ... ever.
    He's possibly the most qualified personality within Microsoft's system after Bill Gates stopped. Or maybe that's the Mark fellow from sysinternals ... but either way, he's brilliant.
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    Anonymous , January 20, 2012 10:22 AM
    You're thinking of Mark Russinovich, also a Technical Fellow at Microsoft and the Winternals co-founder, later known as sysinternals. Yup, they're both brilliant. Regarding Cutler, the book "Showstoppers", about the development of NT, is a great read.
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    neiroatopelcc , January 20, 2012 10:23 AM
    SharePointGeekYou're thinking of Mark Russinovich, also a Technical Fellow at Microsoft and the Winternals co-founder, later known as sysinternals. Yup, they're both brilliant. Regarding Cutler, the book "Showstoppers", about the development of NT, is a great read.


    Ye that one. But I couldn't spell the last name, and was too lazy to google it
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    keyanf , January 20, 2012 1:54 PM
    The Windows ME lead however, was alreddy working on the 360 at launch.
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