Whistler: The Other OS

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Date: Monday, February 1st, 1999, 00:00
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You probably have had your fill of Mac OS X reports or late, so we are taking a slightly different look and modern operating systems this morning. Peter Thurrott’s SuperSite for Windows reviews Windows “Whistler” beta 1, Microsoft’s forthcoming update to their desktop operating system.

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<blockquote> <samp>With “Whistler,” the next version of Windows, Microsoft has finally jettisoned the old DOS-based Windows 9x line in favor of the NT-based Windows 2000 product family. As such, Whistler will ship in the same Professional, Server, and Advanced Server versions that we saw with Windows 2000, but it will also include a Personal edition for consumers as well as 64-bit versions of Professional, Server, and Advanced Server for users with Intel Itanium (IA-64) machines. Microsoft had been promising a consolidation of its Windows product families for some time, but Whistler will be the first product that finally achieves this goal.</samp> </p></blockquote>
<p>The report provides an interesting look at the future of Windows and the impact of other OSes (like X) on it, the screen shots are worth checking out too. One of our contributors had this to say:<br />
<blockquote> <samp>Well, it’s no Mac OS X <img src= but I’ll confess the ClearType sub-pixel anti aliasing kicks the ass of anything Apple is doing. I don’t see why Apple doesn’t adopt sub-pixel anti aliasing. Microsoft just put a trademark on it, but hasn’t the technology has been around for 20 years?

What is your take on Whistler?

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