Dear Windows-Help.NET Subscriber,
This week the Microsoft® Windows® XP operating system made its public debut at the Experience Music Project in Seattle. Bill Gates, Microsoft chairman and chief software architect, and Jim Allchin, group vice president of Windows and the platforms product group, introduced the world to Windows XP (previously code-named "Whistler"), the new Windows for home and work. The event featured a sneak peek at the brand new visual design for Windows and on-stage demonstrations of exciting new personal computing experiences enabled by Windows XP, as well as videotaped statements by industry leaders pledging unprecedented support for the product.
"People want to do more and more with their PCs," said Gates. "Windows XP builds on their dreams, taking the power and adaptability of the PC to a new level. It delivers on our vision of bringing the most advanced Windows ever to home users, unlocking the true and amazing potential of everyone's PC."
Windows XP, built on the enhanced Windows 2000 engine, features a fresh new look and extends the personal computing experience by uniting PCs, devices and services like never before. Windows XP also represents an important step in delivering on the Microsoft .NET vision. The Windows XP-based PC will be at the center of the .NET experience, empowering people to move beyond disconnected applications, services and devices to complete computing experiences that redefine the relationship between people, software and the Internet.
Windows XP will be made available in two versions: Windows XP Professional for business users and Windows XP Home Edition for home users. The second beta version of Windows XP is scheduled for release in the next month to a select group of Microsoft customers, partners and beta testers. The final version of Windows XP is scheduled to be generally available in the second half of 2001.
Microsoft also published a number of screen shots of the new GIU:
Looking at these screen shots gives you the idea that the XP in Windows XP stands for Inexperienced instead of Experience. Beta 2 of this OS should be available by this months end, and I'll give it a test and report back to you at that time.... stay tuned!