Whistler converges two other attempts to bring the Windows NT operating system to the home market. For better or worse, it expands upon the home-geared optimizations of Windows ME to better suit multi-user households by default. In any case, this would be the operating system to fully replace the Windows 9x product lineup.
- Earliest leaked build of Whistler, referred to as "Windows 2001"; hardly different from Windows 2000 RTM
- Shares a tad few things with the canned Neptune project
- Renames some things on the Start menu, slightly tweaked UI aethetics, new logon screen with a user list added
- Setup process looks like Windows ME, theme added with all new window decorations and a heavily revamped Start menu
- New Start menu is set by default, modern theme is given some refinement
- New boot splash, OOBE video, and broken utilities
- GUI Setup phase redesigned, Windows ME pictures added, Media Player 7 installed upfront
- OOBE from Windows ME fully implemented, although not functionally different from such
- Official Beta 1 build released for testing, provides context menu functions for pinning items to the Start menu
- Earliest leaked pre-Beta 2 build, opts to move the Recycle Bin to the bottom right corner of the screen, disallows setting 640x480 on a normal boot. Also introduces a Microsoft BOB character to the third dimension, and... it foreshadows product activation.
- OOBE is revamped, Outlook Express identifies as version 6
- Last build to use the Watercolor theme, includes a prototype tour
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