|Microsoft yesterday (14 September) released its new operating system, Windows Millennium Edition (also known as Windows Me).
Designed for home PC users, the DOS-based Windows Me system is the successor to Windows 98 Second Edition and is a 'stop-gap upgrade' ahead of next year's consumer release of the NT-based Windows 2000, according to the BBC.
Windows Me promises to be the most reliable operating system yet delivered by the software giant. A new built-in feature, the System Restore recovery tool, is designed improve the product's ability to cope with crashes by enabling the user, in the event of a malfunction, to 'take your machine back in time' to the point where the system was last working properly.
Windows Me also comes with the latest upgrade of Microsoft's Internet Explorer and Media Player packages, together with a Movie Maker package for editing home movies.
The full version of Windows Me has an estimated retail price of USD209. The upgrade version for Windows 95/98 users is priced at USD109, but between now and 15 January 2001 users of Windows 98 and Windows 98 Second Edition can purchase the Windows Me Promotional Step-Up for the lower price of USD59.95.
The system is available now in 14 languages and a further 14 language versions will be available within 90 days.