September 27, 2001, 12:00 AM — 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.