Windows XP Makes Official Debut

Live from New York, it's Bill Gates and Windows XP.

Calling it the "end of the DOS era," Microsoft chief software architect Bill Gates officially introduced Windows XP to the world.

The live event had actually been preceded by other world-wide events, including a party and Windows XP debut in London hosted by CEO Steve Ballmer. With the launch taking place amidst a different economic and political climate, the release of this key operating system didn't have the impact that accompanied Windows 95's introduction six years ago.

Windows XP's release has been highly anticipated not only by consumers, but internally to the company. Sessions at Microsoft's Professional Developer Conference in Los Angeles have focused mainly on Windows XP as the platform for new, XML Web Services-based applications that the company's own software programmers and third-party software and services partners are developing.

Preceded two days before the software went public, Microsoft had already announced a new Microsoft certification exam: 70-270, Installing, Configuring, and Administering Windows XP Professional; see "Windows XP Exam Goes Live" in News. (Microsoft has typically followed exam availability for a major software release by about 45 days.) has more details on the official launch of Windows XP from New York; to read it, click here. To read's review of Windows XP, click here.

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Reader Comments:

Wed, Nov 21, 2001 me hawaii

XP sucks!!! Especially Home edition cause you can't log on to the domain!! You gotta use UNC and type the password for the share! Browsing also sucks. User accounts suck too cause you don't log in with domain accounts on Home Edition. Home is Edition is what comes with all those new prebuilt computers!!!

Tue, Nov 20, 2001 Stian Norway

I think XP has some nice features, but can't say i like the new luna look. Hope the .Net server versions have more of that classic look that all of us MCSE's love ;D

Tue, Nov 6, 2001 keithpup Redmond

XP is better than 9X cr@P but it has a way to go before it is able to compete with linux for speed...
Oh well

Wed, Oct 31, 2001 vikas India

Just one word, Excellent

Wed, Oct 31, 2001 Anonymous Anonymous

By jove I think they got it!
I am extremely impressed, no, downright pleased with Windows XP. This is the one! It is solid and stable as can be, the upgrade from 98 was seamless, and my Pentium 3 850 with 256 mb DDR RAM has never seemed faster. Has anyone noticed the boot time? Microsoft hit the nail on the head with this one. I use Unix for most of my security work, but for my personal desktop XP is my pick.

Senior Network Security Engineer
Abacus Technology Corporation
Chevy Chase, MD

Tue, Oct 30, 2001 Anonymous Anonymous

Since when has anything new from Microsloth ever worked right?

Sun, Oct 28, 2001 Adnan MCSE NT 4.0 & CCNA Pakistan

Windows XP looks very beautiful and colourful but it will take some time to find that how many bugs it contains althoug the interface has changed. well i m also having the same problem of the some driver installation!!

Sun, Oct 28, 2001 Tim Florida

I have been using the first beta release of XP as my primary OS at home since this summer. Other than a couple of minor application compatibility problems the beta version has performed far better than even W2K. The new GUI is refreshing after six years of the tired W95 type desktop. Still skeptical but very impressed.

Sat, Oct 27, 2001 Bob Las Vegas

Does the activation of XP actually give Microsoft your computers GUID number of bios?

Fri, Oct 26, 2001 kemal London

i have installed an evaluation copy of Windows XP on my laptop since last month i have been using it,It was a quite suprise to be honnest since i have used all Windows since 3.1 up to to Me an W2K,i have not found any problems so far,although i cannot install my digital camera which uses a serial cable and the vendor website has not updated the driver for it,also i cann't install NMAP,i will try to install ZIP maybe that will do the job unless Microsoft has decided not to allow such maverick softwares to be used on their new platform,
well so far so good,....finger crossed

Fri, Oct 26, 2001 me Wonderlad

XP: more color, more blah, blah, nothing good or excelent.

Fri, Oct 26, 2001 Dan Binter San Diego

Now we have to wait for the bugs to be worked out and the service pack to start coming out!

Fri, Oct 26, 2001 Anonymous Anonymous

Why is the reason Microsoft is launching all these OS in the last 2 years? This is making it difficult to support a company's IS structure since users learn about XP and they wonder when are they going to be upgraded from Windows 2000.

Fri, Oct 26, 2001 Manny Miami

I attended the launch and what I saw, I liked it. If everything XP offers works the way is supposed to, is going to be great. I was impressed with the new features.

Fri, Oct 26, 2001 Jose NJ

I installed it last night with no problems & I am very happy with the look & feel of this new OS. I had to update several applications like wireless mouse & keyboard, & Zone Alarm Pro, but it was painless.

Fri, Oct 26, 2001 Anonymous Anonymous

XP will prove to be the best OS to date... Mark my words!

Thu, Oct 25, 2001 Øivind Norway

XP is beautful and it's the best OS EVER.

Thu, Oct 25, 2001 MCSE 4.0 Cali

Ho Hummmm......Another OS....not exactly sure I like the new interface yet.....A real change....Maybe for the better .....Maybe not....I'll need to look at it more in depth as it develops to see the advantages of XP...other than must license software

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