Windows 9x is to get a reprieve, Microsoft has confirmed.
The software giant had intended to phase out the consumer-oriented Windows 9x operating system in favour of a Windows NT based kernel - dubbed Consumer NT.
However, Microsoft said this week it will issue service packs and updates to Windows 98 for the foreseeable future.
Microsoft has still not set a date for a consumer based Windows NT, but it is likely it will be well after Windows 2000 - formerly NT 5.0 - whose release date seems to have slipped well into next year.
Microsoft has said that the next major release of Windows will be built around the NT kernel because it is more robust and reliable. But when this will be remains unclear.
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