Windows Releases ME With Little Hype, Yet People MUST HAVE IT
Every time Microsoft puts out a new version of Windows, people go nuts.
I absolutely hated it when Windows 2000 came out. Several people ran out and bought the OS just because it was the newest Windows out. Little did they know that 2000 was based on NT technology. I would have spring chicken users that had only had a personal computer for a year, never mind Windows 9X, and now they've decided to get involved with 2000 and not for network administration or server or workstation applications, but because Windows 2000 was new.
It wasn't that I didn't like Windows 2000. I had several machines installed with it myself. I just thought that these people, that would have no use for NT and have no experience with NT, should not have dived head first into Windows 2000 without looking into it first.
As I said, I had installed several machines with 2000, but every one of them went perfectly smooth. How can you learn to troubleshoot a system that has no problems? I would have people call asking about errors they'd get during install and all I could say was "I don't know. Bad hardware?"
I'd also get my share of people that would need to do simple tasks that we all take for granted in 98, which were completely different in 2000. Take FDISKing a newly added second hard drive. It's easy for me when the PC is in front of me, but since it's something I don't do every day I get a little lost when trying to help someone over the phone. Even the two guys in the tech room that use 2000 on a daily basis get a little confused. "Look in Administration Tools. No wait. Right click on the drive. No. No. It's in Administration Tools."
Thank goodness Windows 2000 is not new anymore.
Now the spring chickens have something new to run out and buy.
I don't mind ME so much because it is still based on the 9X kernel. Just as 98 was a face-lift for the same old 95, ME is a face-lift for the same old 98.
The welcoming of this face-lift is somewhat bittersweet.
Fortunately, Microsoft released ME with little hype. I believe there are good reasons for this.