Microsoft today delivered the first in a series of test-code versions of its consumer Windows product, codenamed Millennium.
The Developer Preview of Millennium is a pre-beta that consists of the product’s framework. The test code has been given to a target group of Microsoft partners and beta testers who will evaluate it from a technical “backbone” standpoint.
"The Consumer Windows Division is focused on truly making computing easy for consumers," said David Cole, vice president of the Consumer Windows Division at Microsoft. "We are excited to reach this first milestone on the path toward delivering a version of Windows specifically designed to enable consumers to take full advantage of their PCs in the 21st Century."
Millennium forms the core of Microsoft’s newly formed Consumer Windows Division (CWD), the aim of which is to simplify the home computing experience. Millennium, which is expected to be widely available to consumers next year, will be the first deliverable from CWD.
Millennium will make a significant contribution to the four areas that CWD is working on for several years, Microsoft said. They will include digital media, online, home networking and providing a consumer PC solution that “just works" from the moment the system is switched on.
Home networking will be a key area for Millennium. With more than 15 million households now owning two computers, PC prices falling and an increase in the number of intelligent hardware devices available, industry watchers are expecting it to be a boom market.
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