Is Microsoft's new Windows ME Worth it?

Microsoft removed the cover from its new Windows ME (Millennium Edition) Thursday, making the new operating system available for home users. But did the company gain anything with the new system?

Analysts are saying 'no,' mostly due to the fact that Windows ME includes bundled components that on the outset appear necessary, but in fact are the same types of applications that began the Department of Justice's probe into the company's monopoly.

In addition, it is reported that the new system really isn't any better than Windows 98. Remember that Windows 2000 was meant primarily for networked systems rather than home use, but has been described as a much more stable system than any predecessors from the software giant.

So what has Microsoft gained? Not much, according to analysts - just a way to hold its audience's attention until the next, new operating system can be developed.

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