Microsoft will release an enhanced version of Windows 98 -- called Windows 98 Second Edition (SE) -- in June, company officials said this week.
Microsoft also plans to release in May a special edition of Windows 98 SE, tentatively called Step Up, to be sold in retail stores. That version will supersede the existing Windows 98 upgrade, which costs $US89.
"Windows 98 SE is an upgrade, including new features and SP1 (Service Pack 1)," said Windows 98 product manager Mike Nichols. "It will replace Windows 98 in retail and the OEM channel for new users. Existing customers will be able to order an upgrade CD from the Microsoft Web site for a small (shipping) fee, which we haven't yet determined but will be much less than $89."
One source said the upgrade will cost $US20.
Nichols said Service Pack 1 for Windows 98 will soon be available as a free download from Microsoft's Web site. Users will be able to order Service Pack 1 on CD.
Meanwhile, bug fixes have been available on the company's Windows Update site. Windows 98 Second Edition will offer users a handful of goodies not available to current Windows 98 users including Internet Connection Sharing, device driver updates and Internet Explorer 5.0.
Australian pricing and availability is yet to be confirmed.