Spare Us From All Windows Interim Releases
Microsoft's past history with interim releases may be reason enough for the company and customers to worry about the so-called Windows XP Reloaded. Show us the beef: Windows Longhorn.You heard it here first: Windows Longhorn, the follow-on to Windows XP, wont be on store shelves until 2008some three years later than the 2005 date Microsoft announced last May. While even the most pessimistic of developer sources now predicts a 2007 launch, I will put my stake in for yet another year. This is just a guess, but Ive been right before. I was the first to predict that Windows 2000 wouldnt be out in 1998back when it was code-named Whistler. And that delay must spell big trouble for the software vendor. Windows XP customers are mostly happyand the security-oriented Service Pack (SP2) due later this year will most likely be a free upgrade.
However, the vast legions of Windows 98 customers show little evidence of budging off their venerable, but workable platform. About 20 percent of Windows desktops worldwide run 98, or the even older Windows 95.