Channel warms to Microsoft's XP rollout

Microsoft's much-hyped launch of its latest operating system, Windows XP, has met with a warm response from the channel...

Microsoft's much-hyped launch of its latest operating system, Windows XP, has met with a warm response from the channel community.

Marketing manager Tony Kingston of VAR and system integrator Deverill, claimed the software is "exactly what the market needs to kickstart a growth of software sales". He claimed that resellers will have a two-fold opportunity of increasing revenue, "immediately by offering users of Windows 95/98 and NT4 the opportunity to skip Win 2K and move straight to XP. Or in 12 months time, by migrating those users who've already moved to Windows 2000".

Kingston said users of Windows 95/98 or NT4 will experience the most benefits because they will be able to realise immediately the higher reliability, faster starting and running of applications, and higher security. Philip Taylor, deputy chairman of solution provider Squaresum, said the Windows XP arrival "means that there is finally a viable alternative to the traditional enterprise software applications.

"The launch means that the option to take the best-of breed route for enterprise scale applications is now a far more attractive proposition to many more organisations than it was in the past." Independent assessments of XP have found it to be an "industrial strength" system for the desktop, offering far more availability and reliability than was previously available. "Its good to see the rigorous standards of high-end processing being applied to the PC," added Kingston.

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