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Chapter 1. Introducing Windows XP Profes... > An Overview of Windows XP Profession...

An Overview of Windows XP Professional

Windows XP Professional is the successor to Windows 2000 Professional, and takes its place as the corporate desktop and workstation version of Windows for the early 21st century. However, Windows XP Professional also is part of the first family of Windows to break down the long-standing barrier between home-oriented and business-oriented releases of Windows. The release of Windows XP in Home and Professional versions is a big move for Microsoft, which has offered separate home-oriented (Windows 3.x/9x/Me) and corporate-oriented (Windows NT/2000) versions with drastically different internal designs since 1993. The common code base of both versions of Windows XP also is a big benefit for both users and developers. It makes program and device driver development much easier, because device drivers and software programs need to be created just once, rather than twice.

The goal that Microsoft had in mind for Windows XP Professional was ambitious: to create a reliable, easy-to-use operating system whose features would provide complete corporate network and security features, while also including features popular with users who might have previously used Windows 9x or Windows Me. Windows XP Professional also is designed to provide application and hardware compatibility with products made for older versions of Windows, and even MS-DOS game and graphics applications.


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