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CNET News.com: Does Microsoft's next OS point to strategy shift?

Aug 04, 1999, 03:09 (15 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Stephanie Miles)

"Microsoft's next consumer operating system will meld together bits and pieces of both Windows 98 and Windows 2000... a hodgepodge that raises questions about the company's overall strategy for its consumer platform.1"

"Microsoft will release Millennium, another version of Windows 98, next year and Neptune, a consumer version of NT, in 2001 at the earliest. ...the lines are not clear-cut because beta testers now report that Millennium contains elements of Windows NT, the consumerish Windows 98 and Windows 2000, a corporate desktop operating system coming at the end of this year. Microsoft recently released a preliminary version of the Millennium code to developers and hardware partners.

Although observers say these kinds of twists and turns are typical on the road to a major software release, some critics wonder if all the changes might actually be fueled by competitive challenges, such as the Linux operating system and America Online's popular instant messaging software."

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