Ik zie net op www.coolinfo.com dat Mikroschoft misschieen een Win2000 Personal Edition gaat bouwen op basis van de ouwe labiele Win9x kernel:
Microsoft Corp. is wavering in its plans to base its next-generation desktop operating system -- the follow-on to Windows 98 -- on the NT kernel. For at least two years, the Redmond, Wash., company has said that the next version of its desktop OS would be based on the NT kernel. Instead, Microsoft (Nasdaq:MSFT) is now contemplating extending its venerable Windows 9x kernel for at least one more release, according to sources close to the company. Timing for the release of the beta and final code for this operating system update -- which may be called Windows 2000 Personal Edition, according to sources -- is uncertain.
A Microsoft spokeswoman confirmed that the company is evaluating a refresh of its desktop operating system based on the 9x kernel, although she declined to provide details about pricing, availability or why Microsoft may be considering the new Windows 9x-based release. Microsoft is going to pick "the best possible combination" for its new OS, the spokeswoman said. "There are definitely efforts to develop a new version of a consumer operating system, but what kernel it's based on I don't know," she said. But beta testers and IS customers have their own theories about why Microsoft may be shifting its plans. Some testers have reported that Microsoft has had difficulties porting Windows 9x features, such as Plug and Play, to the NT kernel and is facing a number of incompatibilities with current Windows applications.
"I haven't heard anything on this [Windows 2000 Personal Edition] specifically. But you've got to wonder: How much Plug and Play and PCMCIA support can they get into NT? And the games compatibility issue could be huge [between the 9x and NT kernels]," said one Windows developer.
Het zal wel weer om dat laatste gaan: Mikroschoft te dom om een stabiel platform te leveren dat ook geschikt is voor games én PnP...