With the launch of Microsoft’s new operating system, Windows XP, due on October 25, eager beavers can try out the OS three months early if they sign up for Microsoft’s preview programme.
“Users who want to sign up pay $29.95 and get their copy on July 1,” says Windows platform manager Jay Templeton. The preview programme gives users a release candidate #1 copy of XP on disc as well as access to a members-only newsgroup, which will be used to assess the OS and gauge user impressions. Templeton does warn, however, that the release candidate copy is a test-purposes only installation and shouldn’t be used on your primary PC, however he says feedback from beta testers has already been positive.
“We’ve had comments that the beta of XP is more stable than Windows 2000 which is quite a comment to make.”
Users interested in taking part in the preview programme should go to the Microsoft website.