Microsoft is determined Windows 98 will arrive on June 25 with Internet Explorer 4.0. While the US Department of Justice (DoJ) may yet rain on Microsoft's parade, Win 98 will charge ahead regardless.
Microsoft Australia's Windows product manager, Tony Wilkinson, said Windows 98 would present resellers with an opportunity to on-sell other product to customers. He said Win 98 had an "enabling" focus -- meaning it supports a wide range of PC hardware and entertainment capabilities.
For example, Win 98 supports DVD drives. Wilkinson said this would eventually create a demand for those drives. And with higher margins on hardware than on software, Wilkinson says resellers will reap the benefits in the long run.
"In Australia, the number of home machines that are capable of being updated to Windows 98 is three times that of Windows 95," Wilkinson said.
Microsoft will provide point-of-sale support for resellers, including a "Coming Soon" promotion that allows customers to place advance orders for the package. These services will be available for all Direct Access partners, Wilkinson said.
The upgrade version Windows 98 has an estimated street price of $139.