Windows XP to ship as early as Friday?

— 6:53 AM on August 22, 2001

The Street is aflutter about an earlier-than-expected release. C|Net is reporting that the final code will be released via airdrop (thanks to rand for this link).

In a stunt involving Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates and Group Vice President Jim Allchin, helicopters will circle the company's Redmond, Wash., headquarters as the pair hand off Windows XP to PC makers, said sources familiar with the event. The helicopters are expected to be decorated with Windows XP and major PC maker logos.
Something about XP being delivered from the heavens makes for a great metaphor.
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