June launch for Windows 98 to see greater hardware support

June launch for Windows 98 to see greater hardware support
Tom Foremski Microsoft has set June 25 as the official launch date for Windows 98, its next major operating system. Windows 98, the last in the Windows 9x series before Microsoft focuses solely on Windows NT, is more than six months late. It also could face problems from the US Department of Justice which has filed a complaint against Microsoft saying it violated its 1995 Consent Decree by bundling Internet software with its operating system. According to beta testers of Windows 98, while the operating system is similar to Windows 95, it does provide greater hardware support with more than 12,000 new device drivers. These support key technologies such as DVD, digital TV tuners and consumer oriented applications. Such applications have little appeal to business users. “The hardware support is nice but I think Microsoft will have trouble persuading users to upgrade, after all, if the system ain’t broke don’t try and fix it,” said David Bentley, an IT manager at a large bank and a Windows 98 beta tester.


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