Microsoft has launched the latest release of its Windows operating system with more a whimper than a bang.
Essentially a debugged version of its predecessor, Windows 98, with some added features, Windows 98 Second Edition is available from today for £137.50 for the full version and £72.93 for upgrade from Windows 95 and Windows 3.1, excluding Vat.
Microsoft UK was unable to supply an update price for existing Windows 98 customers but in the US the CD Rom is available for $19.95.
Second Edition includes enhancements such as the Internet Explorer 5 browser, Netmeeting video conferencing software and Internet Connection Sharing technology, which enables multiple computers to share a single Internet connection.
While some users may prefer to hold out to until next year's Windows 2000 release, OEM sales are likely to see shipments of the new OS reach a respectable level.
A spokeswoman for Dell said it would begin selling machines pre-loaded with Second Edition by the end of June.
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