Windows XP, Whistler Server Hit Beta 2
- By Scott Bekker
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
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
About the Author
Scott Bekker is editor in chief of Redmond Channel Partner magazine.