Microsoft is to release an interim upgrade version of Windows 95 to its OEM customers in the next two months, in the build-up to the release of Windows 98, US reports claim.
The product, which is likely to be called OSR 2.5, is expected to include MSN clients, integrated Internet Explorer 4.0 code and other improvements .
It will be delivered to PC assemblers and other OEMs around the Christmas timeframe, with customers and end users to receive it in early 1998, according to the same sources.
However, some facilities will be on hold until the full upgrade. Last week, it emerged that PC systems with the Advanced Graphics Port (AGP) specification will not be able to take full advantage of the accelerated graphics until the release of Windows 98, according to senior engineers at PC vendors Fujitsu-ICL and Tulip.
Meanwhile, Microsoft engineers were struggling to tackle a bug in the recently released Internet Explorer 4.0 browser, which allows outsiders to access files on end users' hard drives.
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