Feeds

MS code leak ‘ships’ Win 2001 a year early

Looks chillingly like Win2k. Here we go again, folks...

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Intelligent flash storage arrays

Early code of Whistler, the next version of Windows 2000, due to go into beta by mid-year, has escaped onto the Web. Microsoft seems to have confirmed that the code is genuine by saying it's investigating the breakout, but is so far taking a pretty laid-back attitude. As well it might - reports indicate that there's nothing earth-shatteringly secret about the current build of Whistler, which tends to confirm our suspicions that "Windows 2001" is going to be one of those eminently do-able and shippable point revs Microsoft's been getting into of late. It'll be a honing and cleaning up of the Win2k base code with added bells and whistles, and - possibly - the Mars shell. But that's not in the current code. According to ActiveWin, which broke the story, the internal build, 2211.1, was posted on "various college and Internet sites" on Monday morning. It looks "almost identical" to Win2k, but includes some HTML enhancements to folders. It also includes marscore.dll, possibly ready and waiting for Mars itself. The addition of Mars is, however, by no means a certainty, nor is it definite that the demo versions that have been seen already, which are a sort of halfway house between shell and MSN client, are any indication of what, if anything, Mars will turn out to be. Last year Microsoft was planning new user interface technology for addition to Millennium, but this was pulled, and it could easily happen again. There's also a problem in terms of look and feel, as regards Whistler, because this OS rev is intended to merge the business and consumer upgrades previously codenamed Odyssey and Neptune respectively. Clearly, a jazzy MSN type UI isn't going to play in business, so it's going to have to change, not get used in the business version, or - in our view the most likely outcome - there won't really be a consumer version this time. Again. ® Related Stories MS roadmaps Balckcomb, plans mid-year Whistler beta Consumer Win2k Neptune not cancelled, just not happening See Also ActiveWin

Remote control for virtualized desktops

More from The Register

next story
Facebook pays INFINITELY MORE UK corp tax than in 2012
Thanks for the £3k, Zuck. Doh! you're IN CREDIT. Guess not
Google Glassholes are UNDATEABLE – HP exec
You need an emotional connection, says touchy-feely MD... We can do that
Lawyers mobilise angry mob against Apple over alleged 2011 Macbook Pro crapness
We suffered 'random bouts of graphical distortion' - fanbois
Just don't blame Bono! Apple iTunes music sales PLUMMET
Cupertino revenue hit by cheapo downloads, says report
US court SHUTS DOWN 'scammers posing as Microsoft, Facebook support staff'
Netizens allegedly duped into paying for bogus tech advice
Feds seek potential 'second Snowden' gov doc leaker – report
Hang on, Ed wasn't here when we compiled THIS document
Verizon bankrolls tech news site, bans tech's biggest stories
No agenda here. Just don't ever mention Net neutrality or spying, ok?
Inside the EYE of the TORnado: From Navy spooks to Silk Road
It's hard enough to peel the onion, are you hard enough to eat the core?
prev story

Whitepapers

Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.
Getting started with customer-focused identity management
Learn why identity is a fundamental requirement to digital growth, and how without it there is no way to identify and engage customers in a meaningful way.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.
Internet Security Threat Report 2014
An overview and analysis of the year in global threat activity: identify, analyze, and provide commentary on emerging trends in the dynamic threat landscape.