Beta1 is nog maar net gereleased en Bill breekt al weer beloftes over een compleet nieuwe user interface in Windows Millennium. Lijkt erop dat Millennium niet meer dan een veredeld service pack gaat worden. Betanews heeft de info:
Microsoft has sent word that Windows Millennium will no longer include the planned user interface updates as previously announced. Slated to include HTML based shells containing Activity Centers and Desktop version 2, the UI changes will instead only ship with Neptune in 2001. This is a fairly recent decision from the computing giant, despite what other sites have claimed. Millennium was set to include many of the UI enhancements Neptune will contain.
"As Beta 1 approached, the Microsoft Millennium team decided to focus all of their efforts behind delivering a timely release in 2000 with advancements primarily in the areas of 'It Just Works' and Home Networking, but also in Digital Media and Entertainment and improvements in the online experience. All will be delivered within the familiar UI," noted Consumer Windows Division team member David Fuhriman.
The lack of UI enhancements does not mean however, that Microsoft has scrapped the idea of a better out of box experienece. "There will be some incremental improvements in the UI, but nothing major. Millennium will include a variety of enhancements such as a streamlined
start-up process, increased hardware and software support, support for the Easy PC initiative, and System File Protection (SFP) that will provide users with a more reliable operating environment. I understand that these are not specifically UI related but I think you would agree that all contribute to an enhanced OOBE," says Fuhriman. To the standard user, Millennium at this point looks and feels like Windows 2000 and will probably stay that way. It is even possible Millennium may merely act as a service release update for new PCs as Windows 98 SE did, not having a widespread retail launch. For a detailed look at Millennium, read below.