Hello Windows users,
In the past weeks, several stories appeared in the media (as I reported last week) about a possible delay for Windows XP. But on May 9th, Microsoft announced it will launch Microsoft® Windows® XP, the highly anticipated next release of the Windows operating system, on Thursday, Oct. 25, 2001. Windows XP will be available on new PCs and as a full or upgrade version at retail locations.
"Mark your calendars now: The release of Windows XP on Oct. 25 is going to be a historic day for our customers and for the industry," said Steve Ballmer, chief executive officer at Microsoft. "Windows XP will be the highest-quality Microsoft operating system ever, and Microsoft and our associates are committed to delivering a set of amazing new computing experiences that will set a new paradigm for PC users around the world."
The Windows XP operating system will be available on Oct. 25, 2001, in two editions: Windows XP Home Edition and Windows XP Professional Edition for businesses of all sizes. Pricing has yet to be announced.
Windows XP will be the biggest Windows marketing event in Microsoft history -- doubling the investment of the Windows 95 launch in the first four months of product availability alone. This incredible marketing push by Microsoft and industry partners is expected to unleash tremendous demand for the experiences that Windows XP enables.
Microsoft put up a counter on the Windows XP Web site, counting down the days, hours, minutes and seconds to the launch date (I wonder, would it start counting up if Windows XP is late?)