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  • ...that Windows XP build 2223 had commented out code in its Business theme file that would allow the user to configure different colors based on its settings?
  • ...that Apple has officially released several developer releases of what would later become Mac OS X for the x86 architecture as a part of its NeXT legacy, and secretly continued to maintain the port until Tiger?
  • ...that Windows Server 2003 has been renamed four times during development, before settling on its final name?
  • ...that some builds of Windows 98 and Windows 2000 contained a Show Desktop button on the taskbar, which would be scrapped later until Windows 7 build 6568?
  • ...that no build of Windows Vista (including pre-reset) actually used or even included the widespread Longhorn sound scheme?

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Windows Millennium Edition (shortened to Windows Me) is an operating system developed by Microsoft and was released on 14 September 2000. It introduces numerous advancements and features such as System Restore, Windows Media Player 7, and Windows Movie Maker. The user interface was also updated to resemble that of Windows 2000. It was often criticized for its instability and lack of access to real-mode MS-DOS, though some have had overall positive experiences with it. This is the last version to be based on the Windows 9x kernel, and also the last version based off of MS-DOS.

It is the successor to Windows 98, and was replaced by Windows XP. Mainstream support ended on 31 December 2003, while extended support ended on 11 July 2006.

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