With Fanfare, Microsoft Unleashes XP
Bill Gates Thursday ushered in what he, Microsoft, and its many partners in the technology industry hope will become the era of Windows XP, the operating system that brings all of Microsoft''s operating systems together on one code base.
Computer Execs Tout a ''Liberating'' Windows XP
As the official launch of the Windows XP dawned in New York Thursday, chief executives from device makers Sony and Toshiba; chipmaker Intel; manufacturers Compaq, Dell Computer, Hewlett-Packard, and Gateway; and retailer Staples joined Microsoft chief executive Bill Gates at a roundtable meeting to discuss the industry.
Giants Hop Aboard Windows XP Launch
In a cramped corner of the Marriott Marquis theater in Times Square, Microsoft boss Bill Gates joined 50 of the biggest names in the technology industry to start the ball rolling on the much-hyped launch of the Windows XP operating system. Accompanying Gates on the small stage were representatives from Adobe, Agere Systems, Canon U.S.A, Corel, and SnapStream Media.
Vendors to Assist Microsoft''s IM Effort
Windows XP brings under its umbrella a number of programs that used to be offered as stand-alone products by companies other than Microsoft, including a digital media player and an instant-messaging client. Several companies are joining with Microsoft by offering products related to the IM space, and they have announced their products during the past few days.
A surfeit of XP-related announcements, several of which are important to the networking community have been made in recent days. Products and services have been (or will be) announced in the areas of security, management, training, converged communications, and migration.
Businesses Won''t Rush to Install XP
Look for consumers to gobble up Windows XP as Microsoft''s latest OS makes its debut, but businesses won''t be so quick to jump on board, according to research by Gartner Dataquest. Windows 2000 will remain the leading operating system for businesses in 2002. In the consumer market, Dataquest forecasts 87 percent of new Windows PCs will have Windows XP Home in 2002. In the business segment, Windows XP Professional will be in 16 percent of new Windows PCs in 2002, while Windows 2000 will be in 41 percent of new Windows PCs at the end of next year.
Runner: We Don''t Do Windows XP
Windows XP is already off to a bad start with one member of the cable Internet industry. Road Runner, the second-largest cable Internet service provider in the nation with more than 1.4 million subscribers, does not support the controversial new operating system for its customers and will not support its use on the cable network.