If you are one of the privileged few who has a membership in the MSDN, you can now download the latest Beta of Microsoft's follow up to Windows 98, the home Operating system Windows Millennium (Beta 3). It will be shipped out with the next set of CD's, but can be downloaded from the members site.
Its sounds pretty strange that a home based operating system would be included in the Developer's stuff, huh? Well, Microsoft was originally not going to include it in the MSDN, but people kept complaining, and Microsoft wants to keep all of their customers happy because of all the competition, so, it is now included.
Windows Millennium (code named ME) will mark the end of the Windows 9X line of operating systems, and is a new, feature rich version of what you have become used to. I am eager to hear feedback on this product, so if you have access to this, take a test drive and mail me your feelings: firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you would like to join the MSDN, go to the web site:
to check out membership and subscription information.
Windows Millennium has also announced that, contrary to their original statements, they will be adding legacy networking support to the OS. Originally, the plan was to eliminate anything from the OS that did not directly effect the home market, the clearing some of the overhead from these ever growing operating systems. People complained and complained, and now the folks at Microsoft have broken, they will be including support for NetWare, which is not seen often in the home market.
A line will have to be drawn somewhere as to a cutoff between a home product and a networked office space product, otherwise, people will simply be inclined to purchase the cheaper of the two (which will be the ME, not the W2K pro).