Windows XP Release Candidate
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.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. Microsoft Corp., Redmond, Wash.; (800) 426-9400; www.microsoft.com
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.