Windows XP (Whistler): the first contact
Last week Microsoft was confirming that his next operating system ("S.O.", in the computer slang), that has come developing under the key name of Whistler, Windows 2001 or Windows NT 5.1, would receive the trade name of Windows XP.
XP is an eXPerience abbreviation; it seems that Microsoft tries to point out that the user will feel like the whole vital experience the change to the new S.O. Will it be a pleasant experience, or not so much? We have proved a preliminary Whistler version to do a small idea to us on this matter.
(Certainly: we have done our best effort, but if we say some small foolery do not bear it to us in mind; after all, this is not "Know his Software"...)
A little of history
If we throw a look towards the past we see how Windows has been evolving little by little from his first and unknown version of 1985. Two years later, in 1987, Microsoft would throw Windows 2, which would happen to call the same year Windows/286 after the throwing of the Windows/386 a few months later.
Windows/386 was allowing in the S.O. of Microsoft to execute for the first time multiple applications TWO in the widespread memory, the whole advance for the epoch. Nevertheless, other machines as the Apple (with his MacOS) and Commodore Amiga (with his Workbench) they were demonstrating that the Windows was still immature and with a lot of way for covering.
It was then when the Windows came 3.x, a real "reconstruction" of what till then had been Windows. With the version 3.0, in 1990, already it was possible direccionar beyond 640 KB (and that that as said Bill Gates in his moment that a computer would not need any more of 640KB memory... that is to say: 0,625 MB!!). Also there introduced the manager of files, the predecessor of the still present exploratory one of Windows. To está version they continued Windows 3.1 (with support for sources TrueType), Windows 3.11, Windows for Workgroups 3.1 (to be employed at network) and Windows for Workgroups 3.11.
In 1995 Microsoft throws the awaited version Chicago that would go out with the trade name of Windows 95. An operating system of 16 and 32 bits that the best thing that it had was... his advertizing campaign. Seriously, at that time better offers existed, from the incipient Linux up to the frustrated one OS/2 of IBM (a big operating system liquidated by awful trade policy).
Nevertheless, it introduced important changes like the support of applications of 32 bits, the protocol TCP/IP or a quite improved graphic interface, between others. Some months later, Microsoft threw the first one of the updates OSR2 that improved the stability and the yield of the system, in addition to introducing the system of files FAT32, turning it into a viable option. Later the Windows 98, 98 came I KNOW (Second Edition) and the current one Me (Millenium Edition), that they form the family of Windows based on the nucleus (kernel) 9x.
In parallel with this evolution, Microsoft realized that the stability and reliability, something essential for servants and workstations, were not synonymous of Windows. For it from 1988 until 1993 it developed the Windows NT (Windows New Technology).
Originally it was designed together with IBM (it was going to be the future OS/2 3.0), but after the rupture of the collaboration between these two companies Microsoft Windows NT threw it to the market with the trade name . It was incorporating big advances as the system of file NTFS, a new nucleus, support of up to 4 GB of RAM... The first version was 3.1, being the most famous 3.5, 4.0 and the current version 5.0 more known as Windows 2000. The different NT versions, in contrast to the cradles in the nucleus 9x, are authentic operating systems of 32 bits.
Why of Microsoft Windows XP
Since we have observed, Windows has evolved in the last years in two parallel slopes: on the one hand the family of Windows 95/98/me based on the nucleus 9x, and on the other hand the family NT/2000 based on the nucleus NT.
Microsoft thinks that this is the moment to join both families in a new product, combining the compatibility and the multimedia possibilities of the Windows 9x with the reliability, safety and yield that the family offers Windows NT. Really it is not the first attempt on the part of Microsoft of both unifying nuclei; in fact, the current Windows Me and Windows 2000 represents a transitional period to the new architecture both for the users and for the developers of software.
What is a beta?
Really, a Greek letter... but to what we were going: a version Beta of a program is that one that, although relatively public and advanced (if it would not be an alpha), it is still necessary "to polish it" that is to say, to correct still enough mistakes (bugs) that should not be in the definitive version, to incorporate some characteristics...
Normally there are necessary 2 or even 3 versions beta so that the product has the quality necessary to put it on the market; and next, another 2 throw ó 3 Candidates Be Reread, that is to say, almost definitive versions in which nothing new tries to get but they keep on solving problems. In case of Windows XP, the beta 2 will appear in a few weeks, and later he hopes to pass straight to the R.C.
The beta 1 of Whistler (Windows XP) is technically the compilation 5.01.2296 of the code of Windows NT (because really his "heart" is NT, as Windows 2000 is the compilation 5.00.2195). The version that we have proved is more advanced enough, we believe that almost the Beta 2, since 5.01.2416 talks each other of the compilation, as it denounces the following apprehension (of course, that thing about the name of "Windows XP" seems that it was still not decided).
Of course, talking each other of a product "in tests", both the results and the comments are only orientativos, by no means determinants but perhaps sufficient to begin evaluating what we will find in the final version.