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Microsoft Readies Windows XP

Techstination feature for Thursday, February 15, 2001

Microsoft readies Windows XP. I'm Fred Fishkin with Bloomberg Bootcamp. It's sort of like those phone calls you get at dinner time... .from the Super Duper Window Factory... telling you it's time to replace those drafty windows around the house. This time, the sales call is from Microsoft. It's time to replace that faulty Windows operating system. Windows XP will be out later this year... but the pitch is starting now. Microsoft Group VP Jim Allchin...

"The first thing that I thing most people will notice is... it's a whole new look. It's like going from black and white TV to color TV. Just a tremendous visual change in the product. The second thing they'll see is that we've made tasks that they want to do much more obvious and much more step by step. So that if you've never done a task before, say like print pictures, we make it very easy to figure out how to do that."

Easier networking and plugging in devices like digital music players or digital cameras... are also part of the package. But what Microsoft hopes will be the sales clincher, will be stability... .

"The system is very, very reliable. And the issues people may have had about re-booting and having to have applications affect each other and just get into all sorts of problems where they were afraid to touch the computer... they don't have to worry about that because the system is just rock solid."

Microsoft is hoping XP will generate more excitement and sales... than anything since the release of Windows 95. Bootcamp, I'm Fred Fishkin, Bloomberg Radio.