Although Microsoft will continue its support for Windows 2000, Sullivan said the upgrade path for Windows 2000 is Windows XP Professional and that companies should not wait to begin working with Windows XP, even if they continue to deploy Windows 2000.
Likewise, a Windows XP Home Edition will eventually replace the recently released Windows Millennium Edition. A 64-bit edition of XP will also arrive later this year for client terminals attached to 64-bit servers as well as an embedded version of XP, Sullivan said.
The server-based components of Windows XP will likely ship sometime in 2002, Sullivan said.
Although user are not required to upgrade to Windows XP anymore than they are required to upgrade from Windows 95, Sullivan strongly suggested that companies begin to get a feel for the new OS.