Na wat eerdere geruchten blijkt Windows Neptune (een consumer OS gebaseerd op het NT kernel) inderdaad gecanceled te zijn. Microsoft heeft nu "Whistler" in ontwikkeling, wat een consumer én business versie moet gaat worden. Volgens Microsoft wordt dit dan echt de nieuwe versie van het Windows besturingssysteem. (Thanks Movemoor voor de tip).
Where the company had planned "Neptune," a consumer-oriented version of Windows based on the NT kernel, Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) is now readying a combined consumer/business version of the operating system, code-named Whistler. Whistler also supplants Odyssey, referred to by some sources as NT 5.5, which had been slated as the first full-fledged upgrade to Windows 2000.
Now, Microsoft is touting Whistler simply as "the next version of Windows."
[...] Microsoft officials confirmed the Whistler code name, but would not comment on the features or timing for the next-generation OS. Sources, however, expect many of the user interface refinements and back-end services that were slated for Neptune to appear in Whistler.
[...] Whistler, the next version of Windows, shares the same code name as a Microsoft Research Group project. The research division's Whistler, which stands for Windows Highly Intelligent Stochastic Talker, is a trainable text-to-speech engine that Microsoft at one point had hoped to include in Windows 2000.
Meer info bij ZDNet.