"Where the company had planned 'Neptune,' a
consumer-oriented version of Windows based on the NT kernel,
Microsoft... 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."
"Last spring, after deciding its original design goals were
untenable, Microsoft nixed plans to move straight from Windows 98
Second Edition to an NT-kernel-based version of Windows. It added a
stutter-step release of Windows, code-named Millennium, to its
product mix. Millennium, which is slated to enter Beta 3 within the
next couple of weeks, is due to ship by midyear."
"Just a month before Allchin's promotion, Microsoft officials
admitted the company was wavering on its message that Windows 2000
would be targeted as business-only, noting that the company was
prepping for the possibility that consumers would buy Windows 2000,
which is due to launch Feb. 17."
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