Magazine article Newsweek

Cyberscope

Magazine article Newsweek

Cyberscope

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MICROSOFT Even Mom Can Get X-perienced The name of Microsoft's brand-new operating system--an upgrade the company describes as the most significant since Win95--is Windows XP, as in "experience." Don't be fooled by the Jimi Hendrix homage (confirmed by the choice of venue at last week's unveiling: Seattle's Experience Music Project, a shrine to Jimi). While XP isn't your father's Windows, Microsoft exec Jim Allchin claimed that it's your mother's--"the system my mom deserves," he said, to easily master the care and storage of digital photos, music and movies. XP also makes it easier to manage the individual preferences of multiple users, and features a spiffier interface. But perhaps the most welcome advance is its ability to avoid certain experiences: all-too-familiar system crashes. Because XP is the first consumer operating system based on the more reliable Windows 2000 platform, there should be fewer instances of screens' fading into a purple haze. You'll have your chance to upgrade (probably for $100 or so) when the final product ships before the end of the year. Foxy!

WEB Believe in Magic If you're one of those Muggles who haven't devoured the Harry Potter books, stop reading right now. The rest of you will get a kick out of harrypotter.com, which Warner Bros. online launched late last week. You can enroll at Hogwarts, where the Sorting Hat will assign you to one of four houses, where you can train to be a wizard or a witch. You can e-mail postcards with your house crest to friends, though true Potter fans will have more fun sending Howlers to their enemies. …

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