Magazine article Personnel Journal

Windows 95 Launch Ripples through Corporate America

Magazine article Personnel Journal

Windows 95 Launch Ripples through Corporate America

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ON AUGUST 24, REDMOND, WASHINGTON-BASED MICROSOFT Corp. plans to launch both its new Windows 95 (Win95) software and its new Microsoft Network--the company's first online service. The double-dip dropdate is being anticipated by many technological guns as the day that PCs will be forever pushed onto a new computing superhighway. It's a trip from which Microsoft is hoping users will never want to return. Time will tell.

In the meantime, businesses are gearing up for the technology blast. Although more than 400,000 PC owners have already "beta tested" the software, the final version is expected to permeate thousands more offices in the coming months.

Many firms are wondering how they'll train their entire work forces as they either embark onto Windows-based environments for the first time or simply upgrade their current Windows 3.1 system.

One employer, the temporary-help giant Manpower Inc. based in Milwaukee, won't be surprised when the new software hits the market. …

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