Windows ME

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Windows ME
A version of the Windows 9x operating system
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Source modelClosed source
Released to
June 19, 2000; 21 years ago (2000-06-19)
September 14, 2000; 21 years ago (2000-09-14)[1]
Latest release4.90.3000 / September 14, 2000; 21 years ago (2000-09-14)[2]
Kernel typeMonolithic kernel
LicenseCommercial software
Preceded byWindows 98 (1998)
Succeeded byWindows XP (2000)[3]
Support status
Mainstream support ended on December 31, 2003
Extended support ended on July 11, 2006[4]

Windows ME is the Millennium Edition of the Microsoft Windows operating system. Windows ME is based on Windows 98. Windows Me was based on MS-DOS (as were Windows 98 and Windows 95), and is meant for people using computers in their homes. Windows 2000 and Windows ME are similar in looks, but Windows ME has features that families find useful, while Windows 2000 was meant for businesses, although many home users also used Windows 2000 especially after Windows ME got bad reviews.

It was released in the year 2000, and thus was called Windows Millennium Edition. It was the last Windows to be based on MS-DOS. Unlike Windows 2000, Windows ME generally got negative reviews due to bugs and incompatible hardware. Support and updates for Windows ME (and Windows 98) ended in 2006, whereas Windows 2000 was supported until 2010.

References[change | change source]

  1. "Microsoft Announces Immediate Availability Of Windows Millennium Edition (Windows Me)". News Center. Microsoft. September 14, 2000.
  2. "Windows Me: Microsoft Releases New Operating System Built From the Ground Up for Home PC Users". News Center. Microsoft.
  3. Pastore, Michael (2003). A+ Certification Study Guide (5 ed.). McGraw-Hill. p. 315. ISBN 978-0-07-222766-6.
  4. "Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition". Microsoft Support Lifecycle. Microsoft. Retrieved 2016-05-24.
Preceded by
Windows 2000
Windows Versions
Succeeded by
Windows XP