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Windows XP, Whistler Server Hit Beta 2

Windows XP, the next version of Microsoft’s client operating system, and Whistler Server, its upcoming server platform, have reached Beta 2 status. Microsoft released the binaries for Windows XP Sunday afternoon and Whistler Server today.

Beta 2, or build number 2462a, offers a closer look at Whistler’s new user interface, Luna; bug fixes; and improved versions of new features in the forthcoming operating system.

When released, Windows XP will run on both personal and corporate systems by unifying the code base of products for both markets. Currently Microsoft targets Windows Me at consumers and Windows 2000 at business users.

Redmond has not yet announced what it will call Whistler Server which will be released later than the client versions.

Enterprise users may find a few new features in Beta 2 interesting. It includes expanded support for mobile users, wireless networking, and expanded device and application compatibility.

In addition, Microsoft is gearing up for Intel Corp’s upcoming Itanium processor. The Windows XP and Whistler Server betas include support for the 64-bit chip.

Beta 2 is available to MSDN subscribers and preferred Microsoft customers. Windows XP is expected to ship in the second half of this year. - Christopher McConnell

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