Microsoft Windows Xp

Microsoft has come a long, long way … Way back from the late eighties to now, they have established their supremacy and can we call, their legacy in the world of operating systems … Well, Windows Xp is the newest horse from their stables and it sure beats all its predecessors hands down … Microsoft claims that this, to date, is the most simple to use operating system and I totally agree ! This operating system comes in two flavours –

’’ The Home Edition ’’ and the ’’Professional Edition’’ the difference being in the features and of course, their pricing … The Home Edition sells for around Rs. 4000/- while the other one goes for around Rs. 9500/- Microsoft sure packs a lot of Features with this baby. It has games, disc accessories, a picture viewer, and the works … all the things that came with the previous versions are here … And did I mention there is also a movie maker thrown in for good measure ? Well, it is not a completely hi-fi movie editing suite, but will do for the home user … It comes with 11 games and the controversial Internet Explorer 6 for your net browsing needs with Outlook Express 6 as your Email Client … Also comes with the MSN messenger service … an IM service to stay in touch with your friends …

As for the Ease of Use , this OS sure thrashes the competition and even sits on them … If I may say so, this is the most simple to use Operating System which I have ever seen for New Comers … It is so simple that it is disgusting ! But for old junkies, you can revert back to the old Interface that we know and love … so no hassles in this department ….

The User Interface is just stunning ! One of the best that Microsoft has come up with … It has integrated the Windows Blinds software into in Interface by which the whole of Windows is totally skinable and you can tweak it to your heart’s desire … The explorer is also changed … for the better and it offers the common tasks that you can do, in a bar at the side for faster working … Also the ability to see all the pictures as their thumbnails within the explorer and also the ability to change a folder’s icon according to the content within the folder is a nice touch …

Hardware Compatibility is again, one of the areas where Microsoft is miles ahead .. It supports tonnes of hardware … many of which I haven’t even heard of … The only problem arises when you have very, very old devices … but then the drivers to most of these devices are available on the internet … Microsoft takes great pains in providing this hardware support and other operating systems like Linux are still trying to cope up …

Stability in this OS has been greatly increased … You will see very few Blue Screens of Death and the system hardly ever crashes … unless you really mess around too much with it …

The Security Features are also quite good and if you install the OS in an NTFS partition, it provides you with a plethora of encryption options … Another notable feature in this OS is the system compatibility feature in which you can make Windows Xp behave like Windows 95/98/ME/NT/2000 to suit the older versions of some programs that you might have … thus making the Operating system … pretty much backward compatible … Also, unlike Windows NT and 2000 which game amazing stability and performance … but do not allow you to play games or give bad performance while watching movies or playing music, this baby rocks the house in the entertainment department with the bundled Windows Media Player ( and now Windows Media Player 9 is available for download !!! ) If you are looking for an operating system which gives you performance, stability and also allows you to play your games, then go for Windows Xp … and enjoy the Experience !

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