I have recently been hearing a lot about the new operating system release from Microsoft and have, quite frankly, gotten a bit confused, there are three operating systems in the hopper and none of them seem to be very different from the other.
First, let's discuss where we stand with the Windows 2000 operating system. In the last week or so, people have been able to get their hands on the Service Pack One for the operating system. This is supposed to clear up some security issues (wasn't this the reason that we went to 2000 in the first place). Well, what it seems to have done is broken down personal firewalls, thereby taking away from security. With all the noise about this in the past couple of days, I'd expect a fix or some addressing of the issues pretty quickly. Anyway, the funny thing is that they knew that this was an issue, and did not address it. Now, for whatever reason this happened, this is not the image that they want to be presenting in light of recent legal matters.
Next we have the Millennium (Me) operating system, which has dropped $50 in price over the past week (that's almost half off). This is an upgrade (or is it a downgrade?) to your Windows 98 and 98 SE operating system. Now, my question is, with Whistler coming, why would you go to Millennium (Me)?
Lastly, we have Whistler, for which the Beta will be released in October of this year. This is set for release at the end of next summer and is said to combine the Windows 9x technology with the NT technology for the home user. There will be Personal, Professional, Server, and Advanced Server. This looks to me like the Windows 2000 list with the "Personal" added on.
I would think that the logical thing would be to simply have one all encompassing operating system that would offer options for all users. I think that I would scrap the Millennium upgrade altogether (as it will be obsolete by the end of next summer) and move ahead.
These are just my opinions...