Windows NT 5.0 beta testers are urging a slow, steady course in developing the next-generation client/server OS amid a rising tide of mixed signals from Microsoft about the product's readiness. The most official word about the release of Beta 3 of NT 5.0 came recently from Microsoft chief financial officer Greg Maffei, who said the beta edition would ship in the first quarter of 1999.
Stories by Bob Trott and Ephraim Schwartz
Windows 98 has become a flash point for disputes between Microsoft, its customers, and PC makers, many of which are taking matters into their own hands. Hewlett-Packard this fourth quarter plans to offer notebooks with a dual-boot feature, giving users a choice between Windows 98 and Windows 95.