Win98Central heeft een flinke e-mail ontvangen met daarin heel wat nieuwe info over Windows Millennium Edition (WindowsMe). Zo wordt er o.a. gemeld dat dit nieuwe OS geen legacy driver support zal bevatten voor ISA kaarten. Hieronder heb je het hele verhaal:
"This new operating system program, i.e. WindowsME, no longer provides a nice plethora of easily installable drivers as its predecessor, i.e. Windows '95/'98 once did!
It's a whole new "driver search" ball game when it comes to WindowsME future users.
No longer is DOS layered within this type of MICROSOFT Windows operating system program as DOS 7.10 was in Windows '95/'98.
Windows Millenium basically has some new components which are similar to Windows 2000 (Hibernate function, desktop, etc.). It comes with Internet Explorer and Outlook Express version 5.5.
For the most part, the required bug patches and fixes of Windows '98 Second Edition are not required for WindowsME.
WindowsME "Minimum" Requirements: 32-MB RAM (won't let you install O.S. with anything less!), Math Co-Processor, Pentium-class 150MHz or faster CPU and, 550-MB free hard disk space.
One (1) new card game called, "Spider" for the program along with four (4) new MS ONLINE GAMES are included in WindowsME.
New screen saver for WindowsME (you're not gonna believe this but, it's a slow bouncing picture-box of an African-American's feet, hand, arm with gym shorts positioned at the start-line of a foot-race track).
What else is "new" for WindowsME? MICROSOFT's "MovieMaker" program which allows you to edit video pictures which you have to take with your own video camera.
That's about the size of it . . . A new Internet Explorer, Outlook Express, Screensaver, MovieMaker, Online Games, Spider, the card game, hibernate (sleep/standby-type options), NO LEGACY DRIVER SUPPORT, a new desktop background and, more money to be outlayed!
Websites such as "driverforum.com" and other similar websites will have their hands full of requests for legacy drivers in order for the common user to get their P-Cs, back up and running with WindowsME.
Those who do not have their original driver disks, those who may not know "how" to navigate for archived driver file downloads will be faced with replacing their legacy devices in order to run WindowsME. Hardware Accessory Heaven for most P-C dealer outlets across the country will be at hand.
WindowsME has been rumored to be released May 26th, 2000 or, during the 3rd or 4th quarter of 2000. The fact of the matter is, I have and am using the new post-BETA release (absolutely NO "Beta" designations listed on this program!).
WindowsME is nothing more than the "educational-transition operating system program" that, MICROSOFT has dreamed up for all Windows '95/'98 users to become familiar with before we "all" wind up using what will soon be only available to us, e.g. Windows NT-type programs, i.e. Windows 2000, Windows Neptune, Windows Omega, Windows Whistler, Windows BlackComb and all those other MICROSOFT "codenamed" products soon to be released.