ZDNet heeft een artikeltje in elkaar geklust over de nieuwe features in Windows Millennium, de opvolger van Windoos 98SE. Millennium zal gebaseerd zijn op de rotte Win9x kernel en krijgt o.a. Jomanda-achtige zelf helende krachten. Ook heeft Bill besloten dat legacy support voor o.a. de ISA bus overboord gekieperd dient te worden:
With Millennium, Microsoft will seek to make it easier for users to gain access to the Internet and to employ home networking. At the same time, the company will aim to improve the operating system's multimedia support.
Millennium will also support the Easy PC initiative, which is a joint venture between Microsoft, Intel Corp. (Nasdaq:INTC) and PC makers to remove older hardware components from PCs and at the same time make the products simpler to use. Under the initiative PC makers will, for example, eliminate the 16-bit ISA bus for communications and video boards and rely on newer technologies, such as universal serial bus.
One way Microsoft hopes to make PCs simpler to use is by adding new “shells” or user interfaces into Millennium. One such shell will be the Web-savvy hypertext markup language-based Desktop Version 2. It will aim to make the Windows desktop and start menu easier to navigate. By splitting the screen to offer tasks on the left side and data on the right. [...]
A number of other features will aim to ease set up. Microsoft will also add self-healing features to the operating system: This feature automatically reinstalls certain key Windows files if they are deleted accidentally.