It's official: Windows XP on October 25

C|Net oohs and aahs:
A delivery date for the software upgrade to Windows 95, 98, Me and 2000 has been a moving target in recent weeks, with Microsoft shifting the release of final--or gold--code to PC manufacturers three times. Gold masters are used to make copies for sale at retail or on new PCs.

"We were expecting a six-month delay, and we're so ecstatic about the one-month delay, we hardly heard the rest of the call," said one source familiar with Friday's briefing.

Oh, baby. Tina Brown would love the buzz from Microsoft's press release:
"Mark your calendars now: The release of Windows XP on Oct. 25 is going to be a historic day for our customers and for the industry," said Steve Ballmer, chief executive officer at Microsoft. "Windows XP will be the highest-quality Microsoft operating system ever, and Microsoft and our associates are committed to delivering a set of amazing new computing experiences that will set a new paradigm for PC users around the world."

"PCs that combine Intel's Pentium 4 processor with Windows XP will be fantastic platforms for creating exciting digital media," said Paul Otellini, executive vice president and general manager of the Intel Architecture Group. "The launch of Windows XP will create a great opportunity for our entire industry to sell amazing new PCs based on the Pentium 4 processor."

The Wintel monopoly resurfaces as Windows XP and Intel's Pentium 4 will be jointly marketed together. Maybe that explains Athlon 4. I hope they come up with some creative commercials this time. Nothing I've seen yet beats Apple's 1984 spot.
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