Office XP and Windows XP
all this stuff about XP?
Slightly confusing, Microsoft has given the “XP” version name to
both its latest Office Suite (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and Outlook 2002)
as well as to its newest workstation operating system (o/s), Windows XP.
XP has been released and is available in three editions, Standard,
Professional, and Professional Special Edition.
new Windows XP operating system to be launched on October 25, 2001 is a
significant leap forward.
Microsoft has had two distinct operating system lines, the 9x
(Windows 95, 98, ME) and NT (Windows NT and 2000). The 9x series has
been praised for its compatibility with most computer devices but
heavily criticized for its lack of stability… a real killer to
NT line can serve as both a server and workstation operating system and
is much more stable but does not support as many devices and features
for workstation computers.
XP is targeted just for workstations and will come in a Home version and
Professional version. (Microsoft will introduce the .NET server o/s line
late this year as the next generation for the Windows 2000 server o/s).
Windows XP is radically different from the 9x line it is destine to
It is built on the Windows 2000 “kernel” and is much more
stable. Beachwood Systems advises all of its clients to purchase new
pc’s only with XP Professional or Windows 2000 and to upgrade their
current Windows 9x pc’s to XP Professional when available. XP requires
a P2-300 cpu, 128mb RAM, and 2GB of disk space.
Stay tuned…more details in next issue.