Is Vista another ME?

I have an ongoing lunchtime discussion with some of
my coworkers about Vista. We’ve covered the usual topics: the hardware
requirements, the OS footprint, the driver challenges, comparisons to
Ubuntu and Mac, etc. Lately we’ve been drawing parallels between Vista
and Windows ME.

Windows ME (Millennium Edition), as you old timers will recall, was the last version of Windows on the 9x kernel
(Windows 95, Windows 98). Microsoft had already released Windows 2000,
based on the NT kernel, and Windows XP came less than a year after ME’s
release – supposedly unifying 2000 and ME (NT kernel + nice UI).

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