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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.)

ENTmag.com has more details on the official launch of Windows XP from New York; to read it, click here. To read ENTmag.com's review of Windows XP, click here.

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Michael Domingo has held several positions at 1105 Media, and is currently the editor in chief of Visual Studio Magazine.

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