Windows-Help.NET Newsletter19 Feb. 2000, Vol 3 No. 7
 Windows 2000 Launched

by Arie Slob

Dear Windows-Help.NET Subscriber,

This week saw the launch of the long awaited - and often delayed - successor to Windows NT: Windows 2000. If you missed it, you can check out the launch party, with the Keynote Address from the Windows 2000 Conference & Expo in San Francisco, delivered Feb. 17, 2000. See the address by Bill Gates, Microsoft Chairman and Chief Software Architect, with special guests Patrick Stewart and Carlos Santana, showcasing new Windows 2000 features and highlighting customer solutions.

If you didn't hear it here before, this is not your next Windows upgrade. If you are currently running Windows 9.x you might notice that there is an upgrade option to Windows 2000, but you should realize that Windows 2000 is geared for business use, not consumer use.

Microsoft is working on the next "consumer" version of Windows, called Windows ME (Millennium Edition), an official release date isn't set yet, but a July release seems possible.

Intel ups AMD in the Gigahertz Wars

Last week AMD demonstrated a 1.1GHz(1100 MHz) version of the Athlon processor, this week at the Intel Developer Forum in Palm Springs, Intel demonstrated a chip running at 1.5GHz. The chip, code named Willamette, is set for release in the second half of this year. Intel also demonstrated the first production-level Pentium® III processor-based systems that run at 1GHz, to be introduced in limited quantities shortly.

These developments are good news for consumers. If faster processors get introduced at a faster pace, it means that all existing processors will drop in price, so faster systems will be available at reduced prices.

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DVD For Your Computer

DVD players can be purchased in several flavors... which should you choose?


Dealing with Retailers' Return Policies

When a computer product doesn't meet your needs, here's how to successfully resolve the situation with the retailer.


Windows 2000 Updates Appear

Just a day after Windows 2000 hit store shelves, Microsoft released the first updates. While most of the updates merely add hardware or software support, the first Windows 2000 Critical Update was released, containing two bug fixes and a security patch.


Microsoft Counters the 63,000 Bug Claim

Jim Allchin of Microsoft issued a bulletin to Windows 2000 customers stating that the media reports concerning 63,000 known defects in Windows 2000 are inaccurate. "Microsoft is committed to delivering high quality products, and we believe Windows 2000 is the most reliable operating system Microsoft has ever shipped," stated Allchin.


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  Microsoft Security

Patch Available for "Image Source Redirect" Vulnerability

Microsoft has released a patch that eliminates a security vulnerability in Microsoft® Internet Explorer. The vulnerability could allow a malicious web site operator to read - but not add, change or delete - certain types of files on the computer of a visiting user.

Affected Software Versions

  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.0 and 4.01
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 5 and 5.01

More information

  Web site updates

These pages were added/updated in the past week. Information on previously updated/added pages is available on the What's New? page for 1 month.
Added: DVD For Your Computer
Added: Patch Available for Internet Explorer "Image Source Redirect" Vulnerability
Added: Dealing with Retailers' Return Policies


Windows 95
Updated: Internet Explorer 4: Security Patches

Windows 98
Updated: Internet Explorer 5: Security Patches
Updated: Internet Explorer 4: Security Patches

Windows 2000
Added: First Windows 2000 Updates Appear

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