With Windows XP launching today, promising a blend of new operating system with new internet technologies, vnunet.com gets behind the publicity and hype and brings you the word on the street.
Taking a stroll down the electronic avenue that is London's Tottenham Court Road, we ask the resellers and the end-users what they think of the Redmond Giant's latest offering.
Phillip Westbury, network administrator, Simpkin Partnership
I've been using XP for about two months now. It's not too bad, but it's not much different to Windows 2000. We won't be rolling it out across the company at the moment, we've just rolled out 2000.
Harjiv Suhgad, manager, GHS Technology
It would have been good if the XP Pro upgrades had shipped. They were supposed to be here today, but Microsoft said they won't arrive until tomorrow. We've got no product on the shelves yet.
David Froggatt, consultant
I don't really use Windows myself. I'm always mobile so I have a Netbook, I can't be doing with laptops. It will be interesting to see whether the memory management is better than with previous versions.
Syed Hashan, corporate accounts manager, Gultronics
We've seen significant demand, people seem to like it. Both the home and business versions are doing well. What prompted the move over to an NT base are the problems with ME, with memory freezes and network problems. The XP launch should boost the market, like the 98SE launch helped the market pick up after 98.
Andy Klyen, manager, Micro Anvika
There's been steady demand for XP, but it hasn't had the hype attached to it like previous launches have. It's a real upgrade as well, not just a patch. You get a reasonable discount too (£50) which is tempting.
People like the look of it, it's got a good clean interface and it's hard to crash. But what's interesting is the fact that it's not aimed at the corporate market, it's targeted more for home users.
It looks like Microsoft is trying to push the third party vendors out of business by including everything with the OS, such as CD-burning software. This looks like it might land Microsoft in hot water.
Mahmood Bukhari, Atlas Electronics
We have had a huge response to the launch. Everyone is asking for the upgrade, rather than the full version. It's selling extremely well and in parallel, in both the Home edition and the Professional edition.
James, Computer Exchange
The interface is alright, it's probably worth getting more than ME, but 98 is still the hottest selling OS. I like 2000 myself.
Krishna Gurung, security guard
I have no idea what you're talking about [before gently escorting us off the premises].
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