Na een eindeloze hoeveelheid release candidates is eindelijk de beta 3 van Windows Me (ook wel Millennium edition genoemd) klaar. Gisteren (13 april) werd de beta gezonden naar de beta-testers.
Microsoft shipped CD-ROMs of Windows Me to beta testers, who will then test the release for lingering bugs as the company prepares to officially launch the final version of the DOS-based consumer Windows line. The code was made available online to testers yesterday.
Windows Me development has seen many twists and turns within Microsoft. Originally, Windows 98 was to be the last DOS-based operating system for home users to come from the Redmond, Wash.-based software maker. But a combination of product delays and market shifts led the company to push back the planned transition to its Windows NT code base. (Windows NT is the precursor to Windows 2000.) Instead, it released Windows 98 Second Edition in 1999 and announced that Windows Me would be the last DOS-based operating system from the company.