Windows XP Interoperability, Part 1: Successful Introduction Critical

Windows XP is almost here. So what, you might ask? Given world events,

regardless of its technical merits, the launch of another operating

system is clearly eclipsed. After all, many of us have been personally

touched by the loss of friends or family, and the threat of global

warfare and deepening economic uncertainty has produced a dark shadow.

We are all victims of collective shock and we are still honoring those

that have fallen, but we must move forward!

Good news is needed on so many fronts, not the least of which is

positive economic stability. Despite my historic roots in the open

source community, I am anxious and hopeful for Windows XP's acceptance.

The launch of Windows XP represents something more than just another

introduction of another Microsoft product. XP's successful launch sends

a signal that the IT sector is alive and vital. On the flip side, a

less than dynamic acceptance will send a ripple across the economy and

directly impact hardware manufacturers like Compaq/HP, Dell, Gateway,

and Sony. I am not suggesting that buying Windows XP would be a

patriotic gesture; to the contrary, the product must have real merit in

order to insure long-term viability. However, if you anticipate

deployment anticipated anyway, then maybe making an early move would be

a positive and warranted decision.

Windows XP's scheduled October 25th launch was originally slated to

include a billion dollars worth of fanfare, but I suspect the scope and

nature of the media blitz will be significantly muted. Regardless of

the approach embraced by Microsoft (or actually heard by customers), an

air of urgency will permeate XP's unveiling. Again, if you plan to

deploy Windows XP anyway, I suggest the process begin sooner than later.

In this series, I hope to make the deployment a little easier by

discussing issues of Windows XP interoperability. I have used beta

copies of Windows XP for almost a year and I have been running

the "Golden" code for a month. For a number of critical reasons, this

desktop operating system should be credibly embraced, not the least of

which are its interoperability features. This series specifically

explores the interoperability considerations relating to legacy Windows

operating system, UNIX, Linux, security, and interconnectivity.

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