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Microsoft Odyssey
Part of the Microsoft Windows family
Kernel type Windows NT
Support status
Not released

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 sector of the market.[1][2]

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,[3][4] which was later released as Windows XP.[5]

While there was one alpha build of Neptune, 5111, released to testers,[6] no version of Odyssey was ever released.[7] The NT version number that Odyssey was supposed to have is uncertain. Paul Thurrott once suggested that it "would have been called Windows NT 6.0 had Microsoft not messed with the naming in late 1998",[8] whereas unnamed sources cited by ZDnet referred to it as "NT 5.5".[2]

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