Secondary Hivemind Nexus
ME was a pointless stop-gap between the 9x consumer kernel line and the move to using the NT kernel for everything. I have no idea why Microsoft decided to release that, because people generally either stuck with 98 or were using 2000.
Originally Posted by mashakos
But the same arguments flying around over Win8 were around when Vista was released, and again when Windows XP came out. Did Microsoft die? Nope. I remember forums were rife with threats to switch to Linux or Mac, and the majority of people never did. Hell with Vista, Microsoft just basically released an updated version that took advantage of the better driver support, and people decided it was awesome... yet it's still using the core foundation set by Vista.