Feeds

Windows ME on target for mid-June completion

Shock, horror: Microsoft OS division gets it right...

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

Windows ME, aka Millennium Edition, has reached Release Candidate 1 stage, and is expected to RTM (Release to Manufacture) in the middle of June. Windows-watching sites are variously reporting the intended RTM as the 13th or the 14th, so presumably it's a 'push the button at midnight' job.

According to Paul Thurrott at Wininfo, testers have been told to expect several more release candidates over the next few weeks, but that the features are now frozen, and Microsoft is only looking for "show stopper" bugs and regressions from previous Windows releases. But the company seems confident that it can make the mid-June RTM, and to have the software available for sale and in preinstalls from August.

All remarkably tidy really, and all the more impressive in that the man responsible for shepherding it out (albeit only since the end of last year), Jim Allchin, has just taken two months leave of absence (at least, as some sources have it). So Jim did it on remote, as no doubt he'll be able to do the big NGWS announcement, due next week. The trick, of course, is that if you just keep releasing beefed-up service packs of Win9x it's easy to make the schedules, whereas (as Jim knows to his cost) if you design whole new ones like Win2k, it's impossible.

As Windows ME is (at time of writing at least) the absolutely last rev of Win9x code, we may have an explanation as to why Jim feels the need to go lie down for a bit. ®

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk

More from The Register

next story
Doctor Who's Flatline: Cool monsters, yes, but utterly limp subplots
We know what the Doctor does, stop going on about it already
Facebook, Apple: LADIES! Why not FREEZE your EGGS? It's on the company!
No biological clockwatching when you work in Silicon Valley
'Cowardly, venomous trolls' threatened with TWO-YEAR sentences for menacing posts
UK government: 'Taking a stand against a baying cyber-mob'
Happiness economics is bollocks. Oh, UK.gov just adopted it? Er ...
Opportunity doesn't knock; it costs us instead
Arab States make play for greater government control of the internet
Nerds told to get lost in last-minute power grab bid at UN meeting
Zippy one-liners, broken promises: Doctor Who on the Orient Express
Series finally hits stride, but Clara's U-turn is baffling
Don't bother telling people if you lose their data, say Euro bods
You read that right – with the proviso that it's encrypted
Apple SILENCES Bose, YANKS headphones from stores
The, er, Beats go on after noise-cancelling spat
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
Win a year’s supply of chocolate
There is no techie angle to this competition so we're not going to pretend there is, but everyone loves chocolate so who cares.
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?
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.