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A Wacky, Wild Web Site Story

Techstination feature for Tuesday, July 4, 2000

It's the name of the latest version of Windows. Windows Me will be on store shelves in September. And so you might think the folks at Microsoft would be working on a Web site to tell you all about it. Of course they are. So let's type in... What in the world is that?

"It's a mechanically engineered window washing robot."

Windows ME for short... says James Murez. The farmer and engineer from Venice, California built a prototype and has a picture on a website called This isn't some kind of Justice Department plot to sabotage Microsoft. Mr. Murez says his WindowsME is for real...

"It was designed to climb up the side of a high rise building. It would hang from like an umbilical cord off the roof."

I guess that makes his version of WindowsMe crash proof! I hope Microsoft can say the same. The Web site is unfinished, the robotic window cleaner is on hold... .but perhaps Murez can cash in on the name...

"There've been a few offers ranging from a couple hundred dollars to a few thousand. I mean, because we're not in the business of buying and selling Web sites... I guess that's just not our thing."

But he is looking for funding for his robotic window cleaner invention. Are you listening, Mr. Gates? You can find us on the Web at Bootcamp, I'm Fred Fishkin for CBS News.