With that formality out of the way, let's get onto some more interesting tests.
First up for our real world tests is ZD's Winstone suites. These tests are important for two reasons: First, they represent the kind of usage you would likely find in a real work environment. Additionally, they should provide a good counterpoint to InfoWorld's tests which indicate that, at least with Office XP, business tasks are much slower in Windows XP. The Winstone suite, however, uses Office 2000 and a much more diverse set of tests.
On the low-end machine, the results are less dramatic. The Business Winstone test isn't that taxing to begin with, and it's likely the 256MB of RAM in our low-end box that's keeping XP and 2000 from putting in better performances. Still, despite their larger footprints, the two NT-based OSes don't lose any ground to WinME.
Even on the low-end machine, WinME scores well behind the other OSes. WinXP takes a bigger lead over 2000 with this test, making it the clear performance leader on both hardware platforms.
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