Whistler officially presented
Microsoft founder Bill Gates officially presented the next Windows version with the code name Whistler at this year's CES, in addition to many other innovations such as the X-Box (Computerbase reported). Whistler will be the successor to both Windows Me and Windows 2000.
Probably the most noticeable changes were made to the exterior . So-called skins can now be dragged over the surface so that Windows can look completely different. However, Microsoft will probably not publish a tool to create skins yourself. In addition, Whistler has been given a completely new start menu. Overall, the new interface has been simplified, which many 'old' users might not like that much. An update is definitely worthwhile, especially for users of Windows 98 or Me, because Whistler is no longer based on the decades-old DOS but on Windows NT. Microsoft wants to finally declare war on pirates with Whistler by forcing all users to register Whistler within 30 days and thus to couple it to their own PC. This means that it cannot be installed on other PCs with the registry key.