Windows XP Release Candidate

By Jason Brooks  |  Posted 2001-07-16 Print this article Print

1"> Windows XP Release Candidate 1 Judging from Windows XP Release Candidate 1, Microsofts next-generation Windows client is progressing nicely. Although this release will have the greatest effect on those currently using Windows 9x, features such as native 802.11b support and a local firewall will make XP attractive for mobile users running Windows 2000 as well.

SHORT-TERM BUSINESS IMPACT // Features such as the Internet Connection Firewall and Remote Desktop access will offer added flexibility, but their proper configuration will also demand added attention from administrators.

LONG-TERM BUSINESS IMPACT // Simpler 802.11b configuration lowers the barriers to future WLAN deployment.

Internet connection firewall; Remote Desktop feature; native 802.11b support.

Remote Desktop requires stringent attention to security; speedier boot time and recovery from standby mode will require driver upgrades.

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As Editor in Chief of eWEEK Labs, Jason Brooks manages the Labs team and is responsible for eWEEK's print edition. Brooks joined eWEEK in 1999, and has covered wireless networking, office productivity suites, mobile devices, Windows, virtualization, and desktops and notebooks. JasonÔÇÖs coverage is currently focused on Linux and Unix operating systems, open-source software and licensing, cloud computing and Software as a Service. Follow Jason on Twitter at jasonbrooks, or reach him by email at

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