|Microsoft Windows codename Neptune|
|Kernel version||NT 5.50|
Windows Neptune (internally at Microsoft also known as NepTune) was planned to become the successor of the Windows 2000 family as well as the first consumer version of Windows under the NT kernel. It was under development in 1999, until it was canceled, along with Odyssey to give way for Whistler, which would be named Windows XP. XP included new login screen, help center and user accounts panel originally envisioned for Neptune. However, Activity Centers were eventually dropped. As stated in confidential Microsoft documents, Neptune was to be released in Q4 of 2000, planned to have 64-bit support, "Solar Coaster" (Unix Services for NT), Internet Explorer 6 (which was also in development at the time) and some Anti-Piracy features. There is evidence that five service packs were planned for Neptune.
A successor called Windows codename Triton was mistaken as a service pack, but as shown in Antitrust documents, it was an operating system in planning.
NOTE: some of the information provided in this timeline is based only on rumours or unconfirmed build numbers. Therefore, this timeline can not be taken as a reliable source of information.
- Around 13-07-1999: Neptune build 5.50.5022.1 is compiled
- Around 20-09-1999: Neptune build 5.50.5067.1 is compiled
- Around 8-11-1999: Neptune build 5.50.5095.1 is compiled
- Around 17-11-1999: Neptune build 5.50.5099.1 is compiled
- Early December 1999: Microsoft announced the details of Windows Neptune to a few testers in early December 1999
- December 10, 1999: Neptune build 5.50.5111.1 is compiled
- December 27, 1999: Neptune build 5.50.5111.1 is sent to a few testers
- Early January 2000: Neptune builds 5.50.5116.1 and 5.50.5117.1 are compiled
- January 21, 2000: Paul Thurrott reveals that both Neptune and Odyssey are cancelled and will be replaced by Whister.
- March 20, 2000: Windows Whistler build 2211.main.000309-1512 leaks, it looks like Windows Neptune but it isn't.
- Neptune Build 5.50.5000
- Neptune Build 5.50.5022.1
- Neptune Build 5.50.5067.1
- Neptune Build 5.50.5095.1
- Neptune Build 5.50.5099.1
- Neptune Build 5.50.5111.1 - Neptune Developer Release and M2 build
- Neptune Build 5.50.5116.1
- Neptune Build 5.50.5117.1
- Neptune Build 5.50.5118
- Neptune Build 5.50.5119
- Neptune Build 5.50.5120
- Neptune Build 5.50.5179.1