Microsoft unveils new Windows operating system
(CNN) -- Microsoft gave a sneak peek of its highly touted Windows XP operating system on Tuesday. Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates introduced the new desktop software at a Seattle museum dedicated to the late guitar legend Jimi Hendrix.
The event at the Experience Music Project offered a glimpse into the design and capability of the new Windows for home and work, previously code-named Whistler.
"Windows XP takes the power and adaptability of the PC to a new level," Gates said in a statement.
Built on the enhanced Windows 2000 engine, Windows XP will do a better job of uniting traditionally disconnected software, devices and services like the Internet, Microsoft said.
Windows XP will introduce a brand new look as well for the PC desktop. The design will be the most significant update to the Windows interface since Windows 95, Microsoft said.
The software giant demonstrated new applications for Windows users. For example, anyone with a digital camera or scanner can copy pictures to their PC and view, print and share them on the Internet.
Windows XP promises to make it easier for users to acquire digital music files and transfer them to portable listening devices.
"Music is hard to work with. It's hard to have a play list. The digital revolution is changing that," Gates said.
Microsoft hypes convenience factor
Users will find it more convenient to do everything from watching digital movies to contacting someone for technical support, the Redmond, Washington-based company said.
"Windows is the foundation for low-cost computing," Gates said of the more streamlined operating system.
Windows XP will not become available to the public until the second half of 2001. But some computer industry leaders like Compaq Chairman and CEO Michael Capellas have already pledged their support.
The second beta version of Windows XP is scheduled for release in March to a limited number of users, partners and beta testers.
The final Windows XP will be made available in two versions: Windows XP Professional for business users and Windows XP Home Edition for home users.
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