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CNET News.com: New Windows Me expected in May

Feb 08, 2000, 23:16 (6 Talkback[s])
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"Windows Me--short for Windows Millennium Edition--is the [latest] final Microsoft operating system based on the company's Windows 9x line designed for home users. The launch is set for late May, according to Paul Thurrott, publisher of the WinInfo, a Windows user newsletter. International versions will ship to a variety of countries by early July, according to the report."

"Microsoft originally planned to stop producing operating systems based on its archaic DOS technology with Windows 98, which was released in June of 1998. Instead, due to delays in its other products and continuing demand from consumers as a result of the skyrocketing popularity of the Internet, the company extended the life of the product with Windows 98, Second Edition, and now Windows Me. After the release this year, the consumer operating systems will be based on the Windows NT code base, thought to be more stable and crash-resistant than Windows 9x."

"In general, Windows Me is focused around four key areas, according to Microsoft: digital media and entertainment, the online experience, home networking and hardware compatibility and overall system reliability. In addition, the product will include a digital video editing application, Movie Maker, demonstrated by chairman Bill Gates at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas last month."

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