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Odyssey was the codename for a version of the Windows operating system that was in the early stages of development by Microsoft during 1999. It was billed as the follow-up to Windows 2000 and was to be aimed at the business and enterprise market.
In early 2000, Microsoft merged the team working on Odyssey with that developing Windows Neptune, a consumer version of Windows 2000. The combined team worked on a new project codenamed Whistler, which was later released as Windows XP.
One alpha build of Neptune, 5111, was released to testers. However, no version of Odyssey was ever released. The NT version number that Odyssey was supposed to have is uncertain. Thurrott has suggested that it "would have been called Windows NT 6.0 (a version number which was later used for Windows Vista) had Microsoft not messed with the naming in late 1998", whereas unnamed sources cited by ZDnet referred to it as "NT 5.5".
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- "Microsoft makes Windows detour". ZDNet. January 25, 2000. Retrieved 2010-01-06.
- "Microsoft combines Neptune, Odyssey into Whistler". CNN. January 27, 2000. Retrieved 2010-01-06.
- "Microsoft consolidates Windows development efforts". ZDNet. January 25, 2000. Retrieved 2010-01-06.
- "Windows XP Preview". TweakTown. August 21, 2001. Retrieved 2010-01-06.
- Windows XP: The Road to Gold[dead link] on Paul Thurrott's SuperSite for Windows
- "Microsoft Cancels Neptune, Readies 'Whistler'". betanews. 25 January 2000. Retrieved 2010-01-07.
- "Windows:Odyssey - BetaArchive Wiki". June 2, 2013. Retrieved 2013-08-20.
- http://www.winsupersite.com/faq/2000_old.asp[dead link]
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