Windows Nashville

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Windows Nashville
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Microsoft Windows Nashville
Preliminary name
Kernel version 16/32 bit hybrid, ver. 4.10
CPU architecture x86
Release date Canceled; never released
Support end Canceled; never supported
Preceded by Windows 95
Succeeded by Windows 98

Nashville (previously codenamed Cleveland) was the codename for a canceled release of Microsoft Windows. It was scheduled to be released in 1996, between "Chicago" (Windows 95) and "Memphis" (Windows 98, at the time scheduled for release in 1997), causing it to be referred to as Windows 96 by the public. The release intended to focus on a tighter integration between Windows and Internet Explorer, in order to better compete with Netscape Navigator. The Antitrust documents indicate Nashville was intended to be released along with Cairo (the next major NT release) and was also suppose to include a subset of it's features.


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The operating system development was discontinued in 1996 due to working on better support for Windows 95 (with several OSRs following that same year) and Windows NT 4.0 (also scheduled for release in 1996). However, the Internet Explorer integration features of Windows Nashville was later added into Internet Explorer 4 (and later into Windows 98), which included Windows Desktop Update. The Nashville codename was re-used for that project as well.