Movemoor schrijft: "De introductie van Windows Me, de volgens microsoft echt laatste versie van het Windows 9x platform heeft wat vertraging opgelopen. De RC1 komt nu uit op 5 mei. Op 9 juni zou dan de definitieve versie moeten uitkomen. Windows ME is bedoeld voor thuisgebruikers en zou in eerste instantie ook geen zaken zoals Netware ondersteuning bevatten. Onder druk van klanten heeft mIcrosoft dit echter al op moeten geven. Features van Windows ME zijn onder meer de integratie met scanners en camera's, internet applicaties en, jawel... het ontbreken van MS-DOS in realmodus":
The schedule for Windows Millennium Edition ("Windows Me") was recently revised somewhat, pushing the final release back a week; this is the second such delay in recent weeks. According to internal Microsoft documents, the company's final product based on the old Windows 9x code-base will now hit the its first release candidate (RC1) build on May 5th and the final release has been knocked back one week to June 9th. "The Windows Millennium product is another in the evolution of consumer operating systems developed by Microsoft," the document reads, "and it delivers clear customer value by focusing in on a few feature areas."
Indeed, Windows Me was discussed at WinHEC this week as well, and the message was clear: This release marks the end of Windows 98. "Let me say it clearly for you: Windows Millennium Edition is the last full release of an operating system product from Microsoft that's based on the Windows 98 code base," said Microsoft VP Carl Stork. "So that will be the important product this Christmas, but next year the consumer segment is going to start to move in full momentum to using the Windows 2000-based technology."
[...] What Windows Me won't include when it ships is native support for Intel SpeedStep ("Geyserville") processors, Intel's "Willamette" upgrade to the aging Pentium III line (which will ship this fall), native mode IDE, bootable "Firewire" 1394 devices, ACPI swappable bay devices, parental controls for Internet gaming, or system migration features. Instead, these features will be supported in the next consumer release, code-named "Whistler," which is now due on April 15, 2001, according to another internal document. Microsoft has entered into a rapid-fire release cycle for Windows, eschewing the monolithic development times that kept Windows 2000 in the oven for over three years. So Whistler will be a small upgrade, or "point release," to Windows 2000, but it will feature a number of simplicity and ease-of-use improvements that should please consumers as well as business users. It will also include COM+ 2.0, the base of Microsoft's platform for Next Generation Windows Services (NGWS); COM+ 2.0 Beta 1 is expected soon.
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