What Will Be Your Next Operating System?

May 2000
by Reid Goldsborough

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The recent release of Windows 2000, the successor to
Microsoft’s business-oriented Windows NT, is forcing many
people to look again at their operating-system strategy.

Whether you use a personal computer at work or home, its
operating system affects your choice of software and hardware
peripherals, your ease in loading programs and managing files, and
your computer’s resistance to crashes and security
breaches.

If the central processing unit, or CPU, is the
heart of your machine that pumps out data, the operating system, or OS, is the brain that determines where data should go.
Here’s a rundown on the state of OSs today.

Window-Version OSs

Windows 2000 is Microsoft’s best attempt yet to
bring the enhanced stability and security of Windows NT to the
masses. Windows 2000 (http://www.microsoft.com/windows2000) still
doesn’t match the stability and scalability of many Unix-based
systems, but it’s a good upgrade for most users of Windows NT
4.0, with an easier-to-use interface and support for USB
peripherals, DVD drives, and Plug-and-Play upgrading.

It’s not a good choice for most Windows 98 or 95 users.
Despite compatibility improvements, Windows 2000 may not support all
of your programs or peripherals. You need a relatively recent
computer and at least 64 megabytes of memory to run this OS
effectively. And it’s expensive, as are all Microsoft…IBPA Members – Click here to view the full article (login required).

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