Windows XP Professional Edition

By Jason Brooks  |  Posted 2001-09-03 Print this article Print

Windows XP Professional Edition

Microsofts Windows XP Professional Edition combines the stability and manageability of Windows 2000 Professional with the application and device compatibility of Windows 9x and marks a good time for companies running Windows 9x to move to the NT code base (on which XP is based). Most sites running Windows 2000 on their desktops will not benefit from an upgrade to XP, but such a move will make sense for many mobile computer users running Windows 2000.

SHORT-TERM BUSINESS IMPACT // For companies that opt to deploy XP with the new Luna interface, users will require a period of adjustment. Support and stability features may make up the difference.

LONG-TERM BUSINESS IMPACT // Once Windows 9x shuffles off this mortal coil for good, developers and IT departments alike will be serving a single Windows code base, with fewer drivers to track and images to generate.

Improved stability; simpler interface; compatibility mode eases migration issues; Remote Desktop and Remote Assistance will be a boon to sites supporting remote users; ClearType support increases readability; firewall provides extra layer of security.

Some Windows 9x drivers wont be available for XP; new remote capabilities demand increased security vigilance; Product Activation will be a hassle for some.

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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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