Is Xbox 360 OS mystery over?

Microsoft has been very vocal regarding the hardware specifications of its next-generation Xbox 360, and it's even been promoting other software, namely games, for the game console. But the software giant hasn't been so outspoken on the operating system behind the box (this was also true of its previous-generation console, the Xbox.)

This led to some speculation that perhaps Microsoft had taken the Penguin out for a walk, or that it was picking Apples for its new console.

As dramatic as those scenarios could have been, it was not to be. says the new consoles are based on the previous-generation Xbox's OS, which was a stripped-down derivative of the Windows 2000 OS.

Shoot, we could have had a doozy on our hands.

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