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New News Is Good News: New Windows XP Features 3 Another reason is that the Microsoft marketers and other mucky-mucks don't seem to have the faintest idea what they're doing when it comes to naming Windows. Windows 95 and Windows 98 made sense, but Windows 2000 wasn't a direct descendant of them. And don't get me started on the name Windows Me. People are confused about which Windows is the right one for them. Finally, I also think that people are suffering from what I call "upgrade fatigue." They're simply tired of jumping on each new Windows bandwagon that lurches by. Sure, the new versions fix many of the problems in the old versions, but they invariably come with a few gremlins of their own. And, of course, it's always a hassle to move your settings and files from one version of Windows to another. So does all this means that the release of Windows XP will also be relegated to the "Paint Drying" shelf in the Excitement Store? On the surface it would seem so: Windows XP made its debut only a little over a year since Windows Me; the XP moniker doesn't tell you a whole lot about what you're getting; and there's no reason to believe that people are any less reluctant to move to a new oper- ating system. Ergo, yawnsville, right? Maybe not. Speaking personally, this is the first version of Windows since Windows 95 that I installed on my main computer as soon as it came out. Why? Mostly because, having lived with pre-release versions of XP for about a year, I can see that XP combines the best of the old "consumer" line (Windows 95, 98, and Me) and the "business" line (Windows NT and 2000): · It has the stability of Windows 2000, which has been praised far and wide for being solid as a rock. · It has the hardware support and ease-of-use of Windows Me, which was friendly to almost any device manufactured in the recent past. Note, though, that this doesn't mean there's now only one version of Windows. No, there are still two, but they've been amalgamated somewhat so that they share the same innards. The two ver-