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    1. Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger
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    2. Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger Family Pack
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    20. Microsoft Virtual PC for Mac 7.0

    1. Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger
    list price: $129.99
    our price: $129.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0002G71T0
    Catlog: Software
    Publisher: Apple Computer
    Sales Rank: 552
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    Features

    • Surf, receive RSS news-feeds, personalize content, and view Web pages in 1 place
    • Safari RSS consolidates most recent news and info from the Web
    • iChat AV multi-way video and audio conferencing with a stunning 3D interface
    • Open and close Dashboard instantly using function key to access Widget mini-applications
    • Automate manual, repetitive, and batch tasks with point-and-click simplicity

    2. Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger Family Pack - 5 Client [DVD]
    list price: $199.99
    our price: $197.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0007LW1MW
    Catlog: Software
    Manufacturer: Apple Computer
    Sales Rank: 3
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    Mac OS X Tiger Family Pack, Version 10.4 ... Read more

    Features

    • Safari RSS technology that delivers the latest news, information and articles from thousands of web sites in one simple-to-read, searchable article list right to your Mac.
    • The latest iChat AV delivering multi-way video and audio conferencing with true-to-life picture and sound quality.
    • Revolutionary Spotlight technology that lets you search every corner of your Mac instantly: files, emails, contacts, images, movies, calendars and applications. Even save results as Smart Folders that update automatically.
    • A set of nifty, beautifully designed mini-applications called widgets for checking stocks and weather, looking up phone numbers, performing calculations, finding dictionary definitions and more — with one click right from your personal Dashboard.
    • A personal Automator assistant for automating all of your time-consuming, repetitive manual tasks efficiently and effortlessly. It's simple to create custom Workflows just by dragging items, pointing and clicking.

    Reviews (14)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Well done Apple!
    Although the installation was a tad shaky, Tiger runs beautifully on my Mac Mini 1.42 GHz 512 meg.I am completely in love with Dashboard- new widgets come out every day, and although they aren't all useful, they are all a lot of fun to use.I have yet to use every feature, but I do recommend Tiger.It is a wonderful upgrade from Panther, and has a lot of room to grow.Apple, I salute you.

    5-0 out of 5 stars multi camera ichat not avalible for powerbooks
    With the new version of tiger, unless you have a dual driver, multi camera isight is not possible at all.WHAT A DOWNER. just to let you know if thats a big reason you are buying it.

    1-0 out of 5 stars ordered april 29th-still no spoftware
    How can Amazon claim immediate shipping when I have been waiting 2 weeks?

    4-0 out of 5 stars No Tiger in sight...
    I placed my order April 12th; it is now May 9th and Amazon says my estimated ship date is May 5th (free shipping of course) also I don't see the reference to the $50 coupon for the 5 user version - the coupon requires order placement (not shipping) before 5/31 so I bet all more profitable orders will go out first... I'm not in a rush but this (shipping delay) is still frustrating.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Seamless update, great features, minor problems
    I bought the "Family Pack" and so far have installed on two computers -- a 12-inch laptop and a 5-year-old G4.The new system is quite impressive -- I'm very happy with Dashboard already, and this can only become more useful as people come out with more Widgets.Spotlight caused a slowdown for about the first hour after install, as it indexed my hard drives, but this appears to be a one-time issue.Spotlight is amazingly fast at finding information, and the "Smart folders" in Finder will no doubt prove useful in ways I haven't thought of yet.

    The only issue I've noticed with the update is that Windows network printing appears to be messed up -- a trip to the Apple discussion boards confirmed that a good number of other people are having the same issues.Thus, if you need to print to a Windows-connected printer on a network, you may want to wait for 10.4.1 or so -- Apple no doubt has a bugfix in the works.

    Overall I was very impressed with this new OS.I started on OS 10.1; 10.2 was a good update; 10.3 was probably not worth the price as an update.10.4 is unhesitatingly worth checking out. ... Read more


    3. Microsoft Windows XP Professional Upgrade with Service Pack 2
    list price: $199.99
    our price: $179.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B00022PTT8
    Catlog: Software
    Publisher: Microsoft Software
    Sales Rank: 83
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    Amazon Product Description

    With Windows XP Professional Edition with Service Pack 2, you get safer browsing and communication, powerful security tools, and improved experiences. Windows XP is the operating system release that unifies the Microsoft range, with all the desktop versions now built on the NT/2000 code base rather than the shakier foundation of Windows 95, 98, and Me. That makes XP a great upgrade for users of the now-obsolete 9x and Me line, but for those already on Windows 2000 Professional it is a closer call. Despite the similar name, there is no special synergy between Windows XP and Office XP, which works fine on Windows 2000.

    The Security Center lets you check the status of your essential security settings.

    XP certainly looks different, with rounded window corners, larger and more detailed icons, and a clean-look desktop that on first installation shows only the taskbar and Recycle Bin. XP is also more customizable than earlier versions of Windows, and includes visual themes that let you change the whole appearance of Windows in an instant. That is the window-dressing, but underneath are some significant improvements. One of the most interesting is Remote Desktop. A standard XP feature, this uses technology from Microsoft Terminal Server to enable users to access their computer over any connection; for example, by dialing into the office from home.

    This is not just file access--this technology lets you run applications remotely as if you were sitting at your desk at work. This is mature technology, stable and carefully thought out. So, for example, you can print from a remote word processor to a local printer. A variation on the theme is Remote Assistance, where the user can allow a remote helper to view their desktop, or optionally gain control of the keyboard and mouse, in order to troubleshoot a problem. The feature can also be disabled to ease security concerns.


    Laptop users benefit from enhanced power management, with options to extend battery life by reducing CPU speed and display brightness. IrDA support has been fixed so that, unlike Windows 2000, Windows XP can easily use modems in mobile telephones via infrared. A new screen font, ClearType, improves legibility for laptop or other flat screens, and there is built-in support for wireless networking using the popular 802.11 standard. A great feature of XP, also found in Windows 2000, is the ability to synchronize network files with offline copies. Previously, these files could not be stored securely, but now they can be encrypted.


    The Information Bar in Windows XP Home Edition with Service Pack 2 notifies you when it blocks ActiveX control or active content and then lets you decide what to do.

    For Web browsing, XP comes with Internet Explorer 6.0. The enhancements in IE 6.0 are mainly of interest to Web developers, and in any case Microsoft makes IE freely available to all Windows users. Although Java is not installed by default, it is not difficult to download a Java Virtual Machine (JVM). Windows Messenger, originally a chat client, has evolved into a collaboration tool that allows for video conferencing and application sharing.

    Service Pack 2 allows users to instruct Internet Explorer how to handle downloads from a specific publisher

    The most significant new feature for Internet users is the built-in firewall. A firewall protects against one of the most disturbing security risks, in which other users unknown to you might connect to your computer while it is online, reading private files or causing other damage. XP's built-in firewall is a simple affair, but it does prevent most types of unauthorized connection.

    Windows XP has strong multimedia features. The new Media Player lets you copy music from CD to hard disk, create your own playlist, and write your own music CDs if you have a CD writer. Although there is loss of quality as a result of compression, the process is easy and convenient. Media Player 8.0 can play back DVD video, but only if a hardware or software DVD decoder is already installed. You can also play MP3 audio files and MPEG videos, but sadly, not the popular RealMedia formats. In the end, Media Player does nothing that you cannot also do with free alternatives, but it is slick and nicely integrated.

    The XP user interface is not a radical departure from earlier versions of Windows, but there are a number of small changes that together add up to a significant improvement. The Start menu now automatically features the most frequently used programs at the top of the list, and you can add and remove shortcuts by right-clicking the icon and selecting Pin or Unpin from the pop-up menu. Windows online help is integrated into a Help and Support Center that works like an internal Web site, with searchable help, tutorials, and walk-throughs.

    Windows XP Professional includes all the features of Windows XP Home, and adds support for dual processors, encryptable file systems, offline folders, the Remote Desktop as described above, and extra administration features that come into play when connected to a Windows server domain. XP is demanding on hardware, and it would be a mistake to install it on less than Microsoft's recommended minimum requirements. There is also activation to consider, a mildly annoying anti-piracy measure that requires you to obtain a code from Microsoft for full installation, and in the future if you reinstall or make major system changes.

    Windows XP Service Pack 2 Features

    Internet Explorer Pop-up Blocker Makes browsing the Internet more enjoyable by enabling you to reduce unwanted ads and content.
    Internet Explorer download monitoring Warns you about potentially harmful downloads and gives you the option to block files that could be malicious.
    Internet Explorer Information Bar Provides better information about events that are happening as you browse the Web, so it’s easier to know what’s going on and address potential security issues.
    Windows Security Center Allows you to easily view your security status and manage key security settings in one convenient place.
    Windows Firewall update Automatically turned on by default, this improved firewall helps protect Windows XP from viruses, worms, and other security threats that can spread over the Internet.
    Improved wireless support Dramatically improves and simplifies the process of discovering and connecting to wireless networks.
    Bluetooth technologies Enables you to easily connect to the latest Bluetooth-enabled hardware devices such as keyboards, cell phones, and PDAs.
    Windows Media Player 9 Series Makes it easy to enjoy music, video, and broadband content with enhanced security.
    ... Read more

    Features

    • Automatically keep your PC up-to-date with the latest security enhancements including the Windows Security Center, Windows Firewall.
    • Windows XP Professional provides rich, wireless network support, helping you simply and easily connect to wireless networks whether in your home, office, or out on the road.
    • Quickly set up and connect all the computers, printers, devices, and an Internet connection in your home with the all new Network Setup Wizard.
    • Encrypting File System provides an additional level of file protection from hackers and data theft by transparently encrypting files with a randomly generated key.
    • Clean, simple design of Windows XP Professional puts the features you use most often at your fingertips, helping you find them quickly.

    4. Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition Upgrade with Service Pack 2
    list price: $99.99
    our price: $99.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0002423YK
    Catlog: Software
    Publisher: Microsoft Software
    Sales Rank: 60
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    Amazon Product Description

    With Windows XP Home Edition with Service Pack 2, you get safer browsing and communication, powerful security tools, and improved experiences. Packed with multimedia features, Windows XP Home Edition with Service Pack 2 aims to unlock the full potential of your personal computer. It also looks great, with rounded window corners, larger and more detailed icons, and a clean-look desktop.

    The Security Center lets you check the status of your essential security settings.

    The best thing about Windows XP is that, because it belongs to the Windows NT/2000 product family, it's designed from the ground up for reliability, security, and networking. XP Home users will soon see the benefits of this. The dreaded Windows crash-and-reboot cycle really is much less common with XP, and, provided the hardware is up to scratch, XP's performance is better, too. The downside is that using a different code base can make compatibility with old applications less assured. Business applications normally run fine, but older games, MIDI software, and system utilities may well cause problems.

    Windows XP is more customizable than previous versions, including its visual themes that let you change the whole appearance of Windows in an instant. Fast User Switching is a neat feature for computers used by more than one person--it lets another user log on without killing the previous user's session, and when you switch back, running applications and open documents are as you left them. This is impressive, but what really counts is that XP understands how to deal with multiple users. Each user has their own special folders, such as My Documents, which cannot be seen by other users. And for those with more than one computer, the network setup wizard simplifies setting up a network.


    Windows XP Home has many strong multimedia features. New Media Player lets you copy music from CD to hard disk, create your own playlist, and write your own music CDs if you have a CD writer. You can also play back DVD-Video (but only if a hardware or software DVD decoder is already installed) and play MP3 audio files and MPEG videos (but sadly not the popular RealMedia formats). Admittedly, Media Player does nothing that you cannot also do with free alternatives, but it is slick and nicely integrated. There is also Windows Movie Maker, a basic tool for capturing and editing videos that's fun to use, although too limited for serious work.


    The Information Bar in Windows XP Home Edition with Service Pack 2 notifies you when it blocks ActiveX control or active content and then lets you decide what to do.

    For Web browsing, XP Home comes with Internet Explorer 6.0 and MSN Explorer. The most significant new feature for Internet users is the built-in firewall. A firewall protects against one of the most disturbing security risks, in which other users unknown to you might connect to your computer while it is online, reading private files or causing other damage. XP's built-in firewall is a simple affair, but it does prevent most types of unauthorized connections.

    Service Pack 2 allows users to instruct Internet Explorer how to handle downloads from a specific publisher

    The XP user interface is not a radical departure from earlier versions of Windows, but there are a number of small changes that together add up to a significant improvement. For example, you can add and remove shortcuts from the Start menu by right-clicking on the icon and selecting Pin or Unpin from the pop-up menu. Windows online help is integrated into a Help and Support Center that works like an internal Web site, with searchable help, tutorials, and walkthroughs. Laptop or other flat-screen users can set Windows to use ClearType for screen fonts, for a more readable display.

    There are, of course, some pitfalls. Windows XP Home is demanding on hardware, and it would be a mistake to install it on less than Microsoft's recommended minimum. Business users note: unlike Windows 98 or Me, XP Home Edition cannot join a Windows server domain, so the networking is peer-to-peer only--see Windows XP Professional Edition for this functionality. There is also no multiprocessor support, and a mildly annoying anti-piracy measure requires you to obtain a code from Microsoft for full installation and any future system changes. But don't let that put you off: this is Microsoft's best Windows yet.

    Windows XP Service Pack 2 Features

    Internet Explorer Pop-up Blocker Makes browsing the Internet more enjoyable by enabling you to reduce unwanted ads and content.
    Internet Explorer download monitoring Warns you about potentially harmful downloads and gives you the option to block files that could be malicious.
    Internet Explorer Information Bar Provides better information about events that are happening as you browse the Web, so it’s easier to know what’s going on and address potential security issues.
    Windows Security Center Allows you to easily view your security status and manage key security settings in one convenient place.
    Windows Firewall update Automatically turned on by default, this improved firewall helps protect Windows XP from viruses, worms, and other security threats that can spread over the Internet.
    Improved wireless support Dramatically improves and simplifies the process of discovering and connecting to wireless networks.
    Bluetooth technologies Enables you to easily connect to the latest Bluetooth-enabled hardware devices such as keyboards, cell phones, and PDAs.
    Windows Media Player 9 Series Makes it easy to enjoy music, video, and broadband content with enhanced security.
    ... Read more

    Features

    • Operating system features -
    • Create and enjoy home movies with the built-in Video support
    • Share your video project with the easy E-mail attachment & mass-mailing features
    • Go Mobile with the ability to Communicate anytime, anywhere
    • Discover and Download online music, with the easy-to-use Internet features

    5. Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition with Service Pack 2
    list price: $199.00
    our price: $179.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B00022PTRU
    Catlog: Software
    Publisher: Microsoft Software
    Sales Rank: 255
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    Amazon Product Description

    With Windows XP Home Edition with Service Pack 2, you get safer browsing and communication, powerful security tools, and improved experiences. Packed with multimedia features, Windows XP Home Edition with Service Pack 2 aims to unlock the full potential of your personal computer. It also looks great, with rounded window corners, larger and more detailed icons, and a clean-look desktop.

    The Security Center lets you check the status of your essential security settings.

    The best thing about Windows XP is that, because it belongs to the Windows NT/2000 product family, it's designed from the ground up for reliability, security, and networking. XP Home users will soon see the benefits of this. The dreaded Windows crash-and-reboot cycle really is much less common with XP, and, provided the hardware is up to scratch, XP's performance is better, too. The downside is that using a different code base can make compatibility with old applications less assured. Business applications normally run fine, but older games, MIDI software, and system utilities may well cause problems.

    Windows XP is more customizable than previous versions, including its visual themes that let you change the whole appearance of Windows in an instant. Fast User Switching is a neat feature for computers used by more than one person--it lets another user log on without killing the previous user's session, and when you switch back, running applications and open documents are as you left them. This is impressive, but what really counts is that XP understands how to deal with multiple users. Each user has their own special folders, such as My Documents, which cannot be seen by other users. And for those with more than one computer, the network setup wizard simplifies setting up a network.


    Windows XP Home has many strong multimedia features. New Media Player lets you copy music from CD to hard disk, create your own playlist, and write your own music CDs if you have a CD writer. You can also play back DVD-Video (but only if a hardware or software DVD decoder is already installed) and play MP3 audio files and MPEG videos (but sadly not the popular RealMedia formats). Admittedly, Media Player does nothing that you cannot also do with free alternatives, but it is slick and nicely integrated. There is also Windows Movie Maker, a basic tool for capturing and editing videos that's fun to use, although too limited for serious work.


    The Information Bar in Windows XP Home Edition with Service Pack 2 notifies you when it blocks ActiveX control or active content and then lets you decide what to do.

    For Web browsing, XP Home comes with Internet Explorer 6.0 and MSN Explorer. The most significant new feature for Internet users is the built-in firewall. A firewall protects against one of the most disturbing security risks, in which other users unknown to you might connect to your computer while it is online, reading private files or causing other damage. XP's built-in firewall is a simple affair, but it does prevent most types of unauthorized connections.

    Service Pack 2 allows users to instruct Internet Explorer how to handle downloads from a specific publisher

    The XP user interface is not a radical departure from earlier versions of Windows, but there are a number of small changes that together add up to a significant improvement. For example, you can add and remove shortcuts from the Start menu by right-clicking on the icon and selecting Pin or Unpin from the pop-up menu. Windows online help is integrated into a Help and Support Center that works like an internal Web site, with searchable help, tutorials, and walkthroughs. Laptop or other flat-screen users can set Windows to use ClearType for screen fonts, for a more readable display.

    There are, of course, some pitfalls. Windows XP Home is demanding on hardware, and it would be a mistake to install it on less than Microsoft's recommended minimum. Business users note: unlike Windows 98 or Me, XP Home Edition cannot join a Windows server domain, so the networking is peer-to-peer only--see Windows XP Professional Edition for this functionality. There is also no multiprocessor support, and a mildly annoying anti-piracy measure requires you to obtain a code from Microsoft for full installation and any future system changes. But don't let that put you off: this is Microsoft's best Windows yet.

    Windows XP Service Pack 2 Features

    Internet Explorer Pop-up Blocker Makes browsing the Internet more enjoyable by enabling you to reduce unwanted ads and content.
    Internet Explorer download monitoring Warns you about potentially harmful downloads and gives you the option to block files that could be malicious.
    Internet Explorer Information Bar Provides better information about events that are happening as you browse the Web, so it’s easier to know what’s going on and address potential security issues.
    Windows Security Center Allows you to easily view your security status and manage key security settings in one convenient place.
    Windows Firewall update Automatically turned on by default, this improved firewall helps protect Windows XP from viruses, worms, and other security threats that can spread over the Internet.
    Improved wireless support Dramatically improves and simplifies the process of discovering and connecting to wireless networks.
    Bluetooth technologies Enables you to easily connect to the latest Bluetooth-enabled hardware devices such as keyboards, cell phones, and PDAs.
    Windows Media Player 9 Series Makes it easy to enjoy music, video, and broadband content with enhanced security.
    ... Read more

    6. Microsoft Virtual PC for Mac 7.0 with Windows XP Professional
    list price: $249.99
    our price: $224.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0002NT83U
    Catlog: Software
    Publisher: Microsoft
    Sales Rank: 254
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    Features

    • Access PC-only software, files, networks, and devices with your Mac
    • Zero-configuration printing; better graphics handling; expanded preferences
    • Cut and paste between platforms; share folders and other media between platforms
    • Easily shut down virtual PC and relaunch right where it left off
    • G5 support; simple, intuitive installation process; use PC and Mac peripherals

    7. SuSE Linux Professional 9.3
    list price: $99.99
    our price: $89.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0007XQBWQ
    Catlog: Software
    Manufacturer: SuSE Inc.
    Sales Rank: 110
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Features

    • Leading graphics and multimedia applications: F-Spot photo organizer, the GIMP 2.2 and Inkscape graphics programs, multimedia viewers, CD/DVD burners and more
    • A complete Linux Operating System: SUSE LINUX OS built upon the Linux kernel 2.6.11
    • Multiple intuitive desktop environments: Latest KDE 3.4 and GNOME 2.10
    • A comprehensive set of Internet tools: Firefox 1.0 Web browser; e-mail and instant messaging clients
    • A complete office suite: OpenOffice.org 2.0 (works with Microsoft Office documents)

    Reviews (6)

    5-0 out of 5 stars 2 V. Ivanovskiy "Linux fan." : double quote key does work!
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    I install it on my notebook Dell Inspiron 8200. Instalation was fine as usual. All hardware works at once except wireless card in WPA-PSK and 108 MB/s mode. To install native NVidia driver I have to read documentation, yast work is not enough. I was surprised when discover that double quote key doesn't work in US international keyboard layout in KDE. Also I cannot install/remove any software after initial instalation from Yast, it is not able to find DVD in my drive. Every application starts very very slow. Compare to my previous SuSE 8.2 I would not say this distributive is better but hardware support is good.
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    Dell Latitude D400, SuSE 9.3, KDE 3.4, US International, double quote works :)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Distro
    I find this version to be user friendly
    looks like good competition for windows
    Suse 9.3 Linux was very easy to install didn't take long at all
    was so nice to only have to put in one dvd to install all
    the software bundled on the dvd is excellent
    the packages are all current with lots ofapplications browsers, email clients etc to choose
    and with wine can run alot of windows programs if need to
    Novell also provides great tech support on the install if troubles

    4-0 out of 5 stars Advansys SCSI Cards Not Supported
    Buyers who have a system with an Advansys SCSI card should know that SUSE dropped support for these cards beginning with version 9.1.(Some kernel hackers claim there are problems with the driver, though mine, which controls a Yamaha CD burner and an Epson scanner, has always worked fine.)This was a great surprise to me, since the Advansys cards had been supported on many distributions through many versions.

    (The same thing happened with the Fedora spin off from the Red Hat distribution, but if I understood the discussion I found last night, the Advansys driver was restored, as of Core 3.)

    3-0 out of 5 stars Very friendly distributive but with serious bugs.
    I install it on my notebook Dell Inspiron 8200. Instalation was fine as usual.All hardware works at once except wireless card in WPA-PSK and 108 MB/s mode. To install native NVidia driver I have to read documentation, yast work is not enough. I was surprised when discover that double quote key doesn't work in US international keyboard layout in KDE. Also I cannot install/remove any software after initial instalation from Yast, it is not able to find DVD in my drive. Every application starts very very slow. Compare to my previous SuSE 8.2 I would not say this distributive is better but hardware support is good.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Linux Distro
    A wonderful Linux distribution. Very intuitive and user-friendly installation. Good for both power users and novices.Great hardware support and easy to install.

    Here's a partial list of the packages included in SuSE Linux 9.3:

    Linux Kernel 2.6.11.4
    KDE 3.4.0
    Gnome 2.10.0
    OpenOffice 2.0 beta
    Mozilla 1.7.5
    GCC 3.3.5
    Apache 2.0.53
    PHP 5.0.3
    Samba 3.0.12
    Xorg 6.8.2 ... Read more


    8. Microsoft Windows XP Professional with Service Pack 2
    list price: $299.99
    our price: $269.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B00022PTI4
    Catlog: Software
    Publisher: Microsoft Software
    Sales Rank: 638
    US | Canada | United Kingdom | Germany | France | Japan

    Amazon Product Description

    With Windows XP Professional Edition with Service Pack 2, you get safer browsing and communication, powerful security tools, and improved experiences. Windows XP is the operating system release that unifies the Microsoft range, with all the desktop versions now built on the NT/2000 code base rather than the shakier foundation of Windows 95, 98, and Me. That makes XP a great upgrade for users of the now-obsolete 9x and Me line, but for those already on Windows 2000 Professional it is a closer call. Despite the similar name, there is no special synergy between Windows XP and Office XP, which works fine on Windows 2000.

    The Security Center lets you check the status of your essential security settings.

    XP certainly looks different, with rounded window corners, larger and more detailed icons, and a clean-look desktop that on first installation shows only the taskbar and Recycle Bin. XP is also more customizable than earlier versions of Windows, and includes visual themes that let you change the whole appearance of Windows in an instant. That is the window-dressing, but underneath are some significant improvements. One of the most interesting is Remote Desktop. A standard XP feature, this uses technology from Microsoft Terminal Server to enable users to access their computer over any connection; for example, by dialing into the office from home.

    This is not just file access--this technology lets you run applications remotely as if you were sitting at your desk at work. This is mature technology, stable and carefully thought out. So, for example, you can print from a remote word processor to a local printer. A variation on the theme is Remote Assistance, where the user can allow a remote helper to view their desktop, or optionally gain control of the keyboard and mouse, in order to troubleshoot a problem. The feature can also be disabled to ease security concerns.


    Laptop users benefit from enhanced power management, with options to extend battery life by reducing CPU speed and display brightness. IrDA support has been fixed so that, unlike Windows 2000, Windows XP can easily use modems in mobile telephones via infrared. A new screen font, ClearType, improves legibility for laptop or other flat screens, and there is built-in support for wireless networking using the popular 802.11 standard. A great feature of XP, also found in Windows 2000, is the ability to synchronize network files with offline copies. Previously, these files could not be stored securely, but now they can be encrypted.


    The Information Bar in Windows XP Home Edition with Service Pack 2 notifies you when it blocks ActiveX control or active content and then lets you decide what to do.

    For Web browsing, XP comes with Internet Explorer 6.0. The enhancements in IE 6.0 are mainly of interest to Web developers, and in any case Microsoft makes IE freely available to all Windows users. Although Java is not installed by default, it is not difficult to download a Java Virtual Machine (JVM). Windows Messenger, originally a chat client, has evolved into a collaboration tool that allows for video conferencing and application sharing.

    Service Pack 2 allows users to instruct Internet Explorer how to handle downloads from a specific publisher

    The most significant new feature for Internet users is the built-in firewall. A firewall protects against one of the most disturbing security risks, in which other users unknown to you might connect to your computer while it is online, reading private files or causing other damage. XP's built-in firewall is a simple affair, but it does prevent most types of unauthorized connection.

    Windows XP has strong multimedia features. The new Media Player lets you copy music from CD to hard disk, create your own playlist, and write your own music CDs if you have a CD writer. Although there is loss of quality as a result of compression, the process is easy and convenient. Media Player 8.0 can play back DVD video, but only if a hardware or software DVD decoder is already installed. You can also play MP3 audio files and MPEG videos, but sadly, not the popular RealMedia formats. In the end, Media Player does nothing that you cannot also do with free alternatives, but it is slick and nicely integrated.

    The XP user interface is not a radical departure from earlier versions of Windows, but there are a number of small changes that together add up to a significant improvement. The Start menu now automatically features the most frequently used programs at the top of the list, and you can add and remove shortcuts by right-clicking the icon and selecting Pin or Unpin from the pop-up menu. Windows online help is integrated into a Help and Support Center that works like an internal Web site, with searchable help, tutorials, and walk-throughs.

    Windows XP Professional includes all the features of Windows XP Home, and adds support for dual processors, encryptable file systems, offline folders, the Remote Desktop as described above, and extra administration features that come into play when connected to a Windows server domain. XP is demanding on hardware, and it would be a mistake to install it on less than Microsoft's recommended minimum requirements. There is also activation to consider, a mildly annoying anti-piracy measure that requires you to obtain a code from Microsoft for full installation, and in the future if you reinstall or make major system changes.

    Windows XP Service Pack 2 Features

    Internet Explorer Pop-up Blocker Makes browsing the Internet more enjoyable by enabling you to reduce unwanted ads and content.
    Internet Explorer download monitoring Warns you about potentially harmful downloads and gives you the option to block files that could be malicious.
    Internet Explorer Information Bar Provides better information about events that are happening as you browse the Web, so it’s easier to know what’s going on and address potential security issues.
    Windows Security Center Allows you to easily view your security status and manage key security settings in one convenient place.
    Windows Firewall update Automatically turned on by default, this improved firewall helps protect Windows XP from viruses, worms, and other security threats that can spread over the Internet.
    Improved wireless support Dramatically improves and simplifies the process of discovering and connecting to wireless networks.
    Bluetooth technologies Enables you to easily connect to the latest Bluetooth-enabled hardware devices such as keyboards, cell phones, and PDAs.
    Windows Media Player 9 Series Makes it easy to enjoy music, video, and broadband content with enhanced security.
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    Features

    • Automatically keep your PC up-to-date with the latest security enhancements including the Windows Security Center, Windows Firewall.
    • Windows XP Professional provides rich, wireless network support, helping you simply and easily connect to wireless networks whether in your home, office, or out on the road.
    • Quickly set up and connect all the computers, printers, devices, and an Internet connection in your home with the all new Network Setup Wizard.
    • Encrypting File System provides an additional level of file protection from hackers and data theft by transparently encrypting files with a randomly generated key.
    • Clean, simple design of Windows XP Professional puts the features you use most often at your fingertips, helping you find them quickly.

    9. Microsoft Virtual PC for Mac 7.0 with Windows XP Home
    list price: $219.99
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    Asin: B0002NT5HO
    Catlog: Software
    Publisher: Microsoft
    Sales Rank: 466
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    10. Microsoft Virtual PC for Mac 7.0
    list price: $129.99
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    Asin: B0002NT16E
    Catlog: Software
    Publisher: Microsoft
    Sales Rank: 274
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    11. Microsoft Plus! SuperPack for Windows XP
    list price: $29.99
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    Asin: B0002UECTS
    Catlog: Software
    Publisher: Microsoft
    Sales Rank: 33
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    Features

    • Easily create amazing slideshows with digital photos
    • Personalize PC with 8 screen savers and 4 themes
    • Take a break with fun and exciting games
    • Easily create music CD/DVD labels and inserts
    • 50 video effects and transitions for Windows Movie Maker 2

    12. Mac OS X Server 10.4 Tiger - 10 Client
    list price: $499.99
    our price: $479.99
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    Asin: B0007LW1O0
    Catlog: Software
    Manufacturer: Apple Computer
    Sales Rank: 286
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    Amazon.com Product Description

    Apple's long awaited new operating system brings more than 200 new features to Mac users. Technically speaking, Tiger boasts an open source core, 64-bit system, and support for the High Definition H.264 video codec. But, every user will enjoy the highlights of this new release: a new search tool, cool new mini applications, real-time RSS feeds in the browser, improved email, amped up audio and visual conferencing, parental controls, automation of tedious, repetitive tasks, and the list goes on.

    OS-Level Search: Spotlight
    Handled by Tiger's search technology, Spotlight, users may search across documents, images, movies, music, PDFs, email, calendar events, and system preferences with one keyword. Spotlight reviews text content, filenames, and keywords (metadata) applied by users and automatically stored by files to return search results. Results are fast and smart, providing previews of returned files and the ability to filter them by kind, date, people, and location.

      Spotlight Search Return

    More Robust Conferencing: iChat AV
    iChat AV updates the Panther version with various new features. Enjoy three-dimensional, multi-participant video meetings with better resolution and compression. Conduct audio conferences with up to 10 members utilizing a graphical panel with sound meters for each speaker that indicate who is speaking. Purchase and run your own Tiger server and conduct instant messaging behind your firewall.

    iChat Audio Conferencing


    iChat Video Conferencing

    Parental Controls
    Set computer profiles for children using the aptly named Parental Controls and limit their access to system controls, documents, printers, burners, applications, email, chat, and the Web. With multiple profiles, parents can set varying levels of access for each child. Even downloaded or emailed applications are subject to parental approval first.

    Drop and Drag Tool Panels: Dashboard
    Pull in mini applications from a menu, named the Dashboard, to complete frequent tasks, like tracking flights and stocks or looking up words in the dictionary. Add and rearrange these panels, called "widgets," on your desktop as you choose, and hide or show them with the click of a button. Some other widgets include a calendar, calculator, weather report, yellow pages, language translator and unit converter.


                             Desktop with Dashboard Widgets

    Language Translator Widget

    Stock Tracking Widget

    Automated Repetitive Tasks: Automator
    Choose pre-programmed "actions" from a library and automate tedious tasks when they have to be done in bulk, like editing images for slideshows and creating birthdays in the address book. There are hundreds in the can and sure to be more as third-party vendors create and make them available.


    Automation of Image Editing Task with Automator


    Real-time Browser: Safari

    Quickly view news headlines and article summaries from around the world with Tiger's browser, Safari . Take advantage of RSS protocols to get the latest news updates automatically.


    Improved Mail

    Tiger's email program, Mail, uses Spotlight to manage your mail. Find messages easily and let Mail automatically organize your messages as they come into the box. New photo resizing, archiving, and slideshow options enhance your ability to share and enjoy pictures via email.


    Centralized Computer Sync: .Mac Sync
    Use .Mac to sync all your Mac computers, wherever they are. .Mac Sync allows you to conveniently sync your Safari bookmarks, iCal appointments, Address Book contacts, passwords, and Mail settings for multiple Mac computers over the Internet.


    Automation of Image Editing Task with Automator


    VoiceOver

    Apple's spoken interface technology, VoiceOver, gives people with visual and learning disabilities equal access to Mac.


    Enhanced QuickTime 7

    Featuring the new standards-based H.264 video codec, QuickTime 7 brings you incredible video quality with lower data rates and smoother playback.

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    Features

    • Safari RSS Technology that delivers the latest news, information and articles from thousands of web sites in one simple-to-read, searchable article list right to your Mac.
    • The latest iChat AV delivering multi-way video and audio conferencing with true-to-life picture and sound quality.
    • Revolutionary Spotlight technology that lets you search every corner of your Mac instantly: files, emails, contacts, images, movies, calendars and applications. Even save results as Smart Folders that update automatically.
    • A set of nifty, beautifully designed mini-applications called widgets for checking stocks and weather, looking up phone numbers, performing calculations, finding dictionary definitions and more — with one click right from your personal Dashboard.
    • A personal Automator assistant for automating all of your time-consuming, repetitive manual tasks efficiently and effortlessly. It's simple to create custom Workflows just by dragging items, pointing and clicking.

    13. Microsoft Windows XP Professional
    list price: $299.00
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    Asin: B00005MOTH
    Catlog: Software
    Publisher: Microsoft
    Sales Rank: 145
    Average Customer Review: 3.47 out of 5 stars
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    Amazon.com Review

    Windows XP is the operating system release that unifies the Microsoft range, with all the desktop versions now built on the NT/2000 code base rather than the shakier foundation of Windows 95, 98, and Me. That makes XP a great upgrade for users of the now-obsolete 9x and Me line, but for those already on Windows 2000 Professional it is a closer call. Despite the similar name, there is no special synergy between Windows XP and Office XP, which works fine on Windows 2000.

    XP certainly looks different, with rounded window corners, larger and more detailed icons, and a clean-look desktop that on first installation shows only the taskbar and Recycle Bin. XP is also more customizable than earlier versions of Windows, and includes visual themes that let you change the whole appearance of Windows in an instant. That is the window-dressing, but underneath are some significant improvements. One of the most interesting is Remote Desktop. A standard XP feature, this uses technology from Microsoft Terminal Server to enable users to access their computer over any connection; for example, by dialing into the office from home. This is not just file access--this technology lets you run applications remotely as if you were sitting at your desk at work. This is mature technology, stable and carefully thought out. So, for example, you can print from a remote word processor to a local printer. A variation on the theme is Remote Assistance, where the user can allow a remote helper to view their desktop, or optionally gain control of the keyboard and mouse, in order to troubleshoot a problem. The feature can also be disabled to ease security concerns.

    Laptop users benefit from enhanced power management, with options to extend battery life by reducing CPU speed and display brightness. IrDA support has been fixed so that, unlike Windows 2000, Windows XP can easily use modems in mobile telephones via infrared. A new screen font, ClearType, improves legibility for laptop or other flat screens, and there is built-in support for wireless networking using the popular 802.11 standard. A great feature of XP, also found in Windows 2000, is the ability to synchronize network files with offline copies. Previously, these files could not be stored securely, but now they can be encrypted.

    For Web browsing, XP comes with Internet Explorer 6.0. The enhancements in IE 6.0 are mainly of interest to Web developers, and in any case Microsoft makes IE freely available to all Windows users. Although Java is not installed by default, it is not difficult to download a Java Virtual Machine (JVM). Windows Messenger, originally a chat client, has evolved into a collaboration tool that allows for video conferencing and application sharing.

    The most significant new feature for Internet users is the built-in firewall. A firewall protects against one of the most disturbing security risks, in which other users unknown to you might connect to your computer while it is online, reading private files or causing other damage. XP's built-in firewall is a simple affair, but it does prevent most types of unauthorized connection.

    Windows XP has strong multimedia features. The new Media Player lets you copy music from CD to hard disk, create your own playlist, and write your own music CDs if you have a CD writer. Although there is loss of quality as a result of compression, the process is easy and convenient. Media Player 8.0 can play back DVD video, but only if a hardware or software DVD decoder is already installed. You can also play MP3 audio files and MPEG videos, but sadly, not the popular RealMedia formats. In the end, Media Player does nothing that you cannot also do with free alternatives, but it is slick and nicely integrated.

    The XP user interface is not a radical departure from earlier versions of Windows, but there are a number of small changes that together add up to a significant improvement. The Start menu now automatically features the most frequently used programs at the top of the list, and you can add and remove shortcuts by right-clicking the icon and selecting Pin or Unpin from the pop-up menu. Windows online help is integrated into a Help and Support Center that works like an internal Web site, with searchable help, tutorials, and walk-throughs.

    Windows XP Professional includes all the features of Windows XP Home, and adds support for dual processors, encryptable file systems, offline folders, the Remote Desktop as described above, and extra administration features that come into play when connected to a Windows server domain. XP is demanding on hardware, and it would be a mistake to install it on less than Microsoft's recommended minimum requirements. There is also activation to consider, a mildly annoying anti-piracy measure that requires you to obtain a code from Microsoft for full installation, and in the future if you reinstall or make major system changes.

    Overall, it's a big step forward for those coming from Windows 9x or Me, and attractive rather than compelling as an upgrade from 2000. --Tim Anderson ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Smooth, Steady and Solid -- Well Worth the Price!
    I recently upgraded to Windows XP from Windows 98 Second Edition, and I have been THOROUGHLY impressed! With Windows 98 I experienced frequent blue screens and crashes. With Windows XP all of those problems are now history. Also, many of the drivers I needed to load AFTER loading Windows 98 are now already included. My video card drivers were loaded, my CD burner functions were all present, and my scanner worked flawlessly without installing any additional software.

    The biggest hurdle with this product is successful installation. If you have older components you may have significant problems getting them to function with the new OS. Some older apps are also likely to have difficulty. My hardware and my software are all fairly current, so I had no trouble.

    I have upgraded my newer computer at home with Windows XP, but the older computer at my church study has Windows 98, and will have it for some time. I am reluctant to upgrade because of the installation problems inevitable with the older components.

    This product is definitely worth the price, but some persons may need to upgrade components BEFORE upgrading their OS.

    If you have a newer or brand new computer and are seeking the smoothest, steadiest and most solid OS, I HIGHLY recommend Windows XP.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Horror show
    I am not a computer guru but I am very good at fixing problems on my machine and have been using windows since 95. I did a fresh install of XP home edition on Oct 30th. I still have not been able to get my CD writer to work properly. The burner worked fine with M.E. No matter how much I slow the write speed, the disks are corrupt. It burns the disk but the disk cannot be read (sometimes it can). Doesn't matter if it is data or music. This all happened when I installed XP. I have contacted support, updated the driver, replaced my IDE cable. It just does not work (I replaced the writer, just for fun - no change).

    Also my DVD player will not read DVD's. I have purchased software to burn CD's and play DVD's that is supposed to work with XP but no luck.

    I used to have issues about Microsoft's hardcore piracy protection. I like to reformat sometimes. I have read that you have to contact Microsoft and explain why you are installing again. This used to concern me but it has fallen low on the list.

    Since I have installed XP, my machine is horrible at doing the things XP was supposed to be made for. I have had no luck with any support. I think I am going to bail on it. I am a beaten man...

    5-0 out of 5 stars MAJOR improvement over '98; Microsoft finally got it right!
    I purchased a BYO system and went with an OEM version of XP Home edition. Given Microsoft's track record when coming out with a new OS (always wait at least 1 year to make sure most of the major bugs are out), I was skeptical; but, to my surprise I have been VERY pleased with XP so far. I leave my computer on 24/7, and I have not seen ONE B.S.O.D. since I installed it a month ago. In fact, I have not had to restart my computer ONE time due to a system crash/lockup.
    I was also concerned about having to download drivers for all of my peripherals and plug-in cards; but again, Microsoft surprised me! My printer, network card, cd-rw drive, video card and gamepad installed almost instantly without me doing anything! XP comes preloaded with MANY drivers, and when the device is plugged in XP instantly recognizes it and loads the correct driver before your even done sitting down. No hardware wizard to mess with . . . just a quick painless install.
    My recommendation? Backup all your files, wipe out your hard drive and install XP from scratch (NOT as an upgrade or on top of '98). This will ensure you get the smoothest operation. Also, as mentioned, XP may not support some older devices; but if it's not supported it's probably time for you to get a new one anyway.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Windows XP Professional
    I have been a freelance translator for the past 15 years; and as such, was forced to learn how to operate a computer at a rather advanced age. That was during 1990. I started with a plain little computer, no WYSIWYG. . .and I can't even remember what the operating system was, but it was, most assuredly built by Bill Gates and was not yet "Windows".
    I have FINALLY GRADUATED to this WONDERFUL version of Windows. . Windows XP Professional, the zenith of operating systems. I assure anyone who is reading this, that it is a most worthwhile investment. No more crashes. The computer even TELLS YOU when it has "indigestion". I love it. I cannot believe how good it is. I recommend it most heartily to everyone. You will certainly not be sorry once you load it on to your computer.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Turned my Dinosaur PC into a Performer
    When I had Windows 98, my computer had a lot of problems. It was always stalling, it was unstable, and practically froze on me 2 times a day over an 8 hour usage. When I installed Windows XP the difference was completely noticeable. I stopped getting the stupid errors on the screen, and my computers functionality and power increased at least by 210%. Windows Xp has its downside though. It still has a compatibility problem with really old programs, (Try Nisus Missle Master 2.5 made back in 1992, for example). But who cares? All I've ever wanted is a computer that can go beyond its limits. Now, with Windows XP, your computer can pass every limit ever made. ... Read more


    14. Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional
    list price: $319.00
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    Asin: B00003JAU7
    Catlog: Software
    Publisher: Microsoft
    Sales Rank: 319
    Average Customer Review: 3.95 out of 5 stars
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    With its responsive user interface and improved reliability, Windows 2000 Professional is truly the most appealing version yet of Microsoft's operating system. Provided you have the hardware to run it (at least 64 MB of RAM is required), you won't find a better, more serious OS for business computing.

    If you are upgrading from previous editions, the Windows 2000 wizards are particularly useful; they'll detect all your software and possible compatibility problems before you make the switch. In testing, our upgrade for a laptop was smooth and sure, and all previously installed software was automatically brought onboard to the new version.

    Previously, Microsoft offered only limited support for notebook users within Windows NT 4.0. Windows 2000, however, allows most recent laptops to take advantage of power-management features, plug-and-play standard, plus recent hardware advances, such as the Universal Serial Bus (USB), IrDA for infrared devices, and FireWire. All these improvements mean that Windows 2000 will run on a greater array of systems.

    There are some unexpected additions, too. You can also "hibernate" your Windows 2000 notebook to save and restore your work quickly as you go out on the road. In addition, this new OS adds more support for working offline with data saved from the Internet. (The Windows 2000 version of Internet Explorer 5.0 and Active Desktop, which allows you to access Web content from the desktop, are bundled here too.)

    Besides support for mobile users, Windows 2000 beefs up reliability and greatly reduces the need to reboot as you update drivers, settings, and the like. Although you can still expect your Linux friends to brag that their favorite OS is even more reliable, the ease of configuration in Windows 2000 and its new-and-improved reliability make for an excellent choice for any serious computer user. Of course, if your business is using Windows 2000 Server on the back end, you will also benefit from easier installation and configuring of software, since these tasks can now be automated by remote administrators.

    In all, Windows 2000 is a great-looking operating system, with a slick visual style, a responsive user interface, and plenty of power beneath the hood. For desktop and mobile users, it's a state-of-the-art choice for running today's Windows applications and for getting to the Internet. --Richard Dragan ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Windows 2000 is far superior to Windows 98
    Let me tell you Microsoft has done something right finally. Windows 2000 has the stability of NT and the compatability of 98(well almost). I have it running for a week(I had advanced copy) so far and there hasn't been a crash nor a blue screen of death like in Windows 98 SE. The basic requirement I think is a lot of ram, 64+ is fine but I think 128 is good and 256 the optimal. Windows 2000 Professional is easy to use, it looks just like Windows 98 except underneath all of it, it's the NT kernel, which means stability. Windows 2000 has gotten rid of DOS(almost) there is very little dos support and you may not be able to play certain legacy games. The good thing is that companies are writing drivers so that there is a lot of compatability with new things. Basically everything you have in Win98 can probably run in Win2000. There is a program you can download at Microsoft.com to check if there are any compatability issues. The fact that Microsoft must first approve software drivers before it is made available to the public is another boon. I hope this has helped you! Windows 2000 is really great compared to Win98 or 95!

    4-0 out of 5 stars Good OS for heavy duty tasks
    I've been using W2K since 1999 (MSDN Beta 3) and bought the whole OS in early 2000. I've been working with it since and has been one of the best decisions I've ever made when it comes to stable OSs. It's a great upgrade since it makes things way easier the way they were on NT 4, but it also has its downsides. It's not easy to learn for the average computer user, meaning that you've got to be more aware the way your computer works, although no special training is required (you can learn just by reading thoroughly the help files or finding advice on the net). Sometimes programs crash (although Windows does not), but can leave a fairly unstable environment to work with, and if that happens, well, Windows becomes stupid, and maybe, you'll have to reboot. UNIX based systems are a better choice, but in a growing Windows world, this one is a good headstart into the corporate computing environment.

    Oh, BTW, take your eyes off Windows XP (either Home or Pro). It'll only slow you down. Better get this one.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Finally, a decent OS to come out from Microsoft
    This is a tough review to write, because I am really struggling about whether I should give a perfect 5. But my philosophy is- nothing is perfect, so I am giving this great OS a 4.

    Windows 2000, built on the NT core, offers great stability and resource management. Everything M$ claims about this OS has mostly been true. Win 2k is robust (great support for Desktops and Laptops in terms of hardware), secure (NTFS file system lets u encrypt your files and password access required to access the system), managable (great for LAN within a single domain, where people can log in and personalize their desktop w/o worries), and stable (once the proper drivers are set, applications run smoothly and if for some reason apps fail, windows will give you an option to close the app w/o affecting overall system).

    Perhaps the greatest plus is the OS's Plug N' Play ability, in which NT 4 lacks bigtime. All drivers for Win 2k uses the WDM (Windows 32-bit driver model), which Win98SE could sometimes use as well and provides better resource assignment for hardware. This abstraction gives the hardware open possibility to be both Win 98SE and 2k compatible: expect a much more array of hardware to support win 2k than NT. Note however that drivers designed for 98SE might not work for 2k (but interestingly, 2k drivers will work under 98SE, which I experimented), so 2k specific drivers must be installed.

    The only negative thing for this OS is probably its difficult to setup network. Network setup in 2k requires the user to know what they are doing, and small home LAN is MUCH MORE difficult to setup than Win 98. Also, some games might not run under win2k due to its true 32bit nature (although DirectX 7(+? maybe.)is supported), making 2k a less than attractive entertainment platform.

    Overall, this OS is great. By the current market trend, users can always expect new hardware support (USB, Firewire, etc.), and as games become more 32-bit oriented, gamers can expect more games to be playable on a stable platform. Give credit to M$ for finally getting it done right- a true 32-bit OS w/ great hardware support and ease of use from a decent GUI.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Best Operating System of All Time
    This is a great operating system. I've never had a problem with it. My computer's at 1.3 gig, but it seems like 3. Games run smoothly, extremly fast word processor, can it get better? Internet runs quickly (probably because I have a Cable Modem), if you just want to open a file on the internet, you can do that. If you compare it to Mac OS 9, it beats it in every possible way. Trust me, this is the best OS you will use for a while. 2000 is better than XP.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Windows 2000 is still not a bad choice.
    The year is nearly 2004 and I am still using Windows 2000. I used to be an NT 4 user but 2000 has to be the most solid Windows OS I have had the experience of using. Most software packages will still run under 2000 and so will new ones, even most games.

    Windows 2000 is very secure and I use it mostly for hardcore multimedia work. I can count the amount of crashes I have had within almost 4 years using this OS on 1 hand! For the type of work that I do (Video, web, 3D) I need an OS that is going to be put through some intensive processes. 2000 did it for me.

    Going with 2000 may not be the best choice for everybody, and XP is probably much better for the domestic home computer user, but if you want a solid system then look no further than 2000. It will not let you down. ... Read more


    15. Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
    list price: $199.99
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    Asin: B00005MOTF
    Catlog: Software
    Publisher: Microsoft
    Sales Rank: 160
    Average Customer Review: 3.47 out of 5 stars
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    Amazon.com Review

    Packed with multimedia features, Windows XP Home Edition aims to unlock the full potential of your personal computer. It also looks great, with rounded window corners, larger and more detailed icons, and a clean-look desktop.

    The best thing about Windows XP is that, because it belongs to the Windows NT/2000 product family, it's designed from the ground up for reliability, security, and networking. XP Home users will soon see the benefits of this. The dreaded Windows crash-and-reboot cycle really is much less common with XP, and, provided the hardware is up to scratch, XP's performance is better, too. The downside is that using a different code base can make compatibility with old applications less assured. Business applications normally run fine, but older games, MIDI software, and system utilities may well cause problems.

    Windows XP is more customizable than previous versions, including its visual themes that let you change the whole appearance of Windows in an instant. Fast User Switching is a neat feature for computers used by more than one person--it lets another user log on without killing the previous user's session, and when you switch back, running applications and open documents are as you left them. This is impressive, but what really counts is that XP understands how to deal with multiple users. Each user has their own special folders, such as My Documents, which cannot be seen by other users. And for those with more than one computer, the network setup wizard simplifies setting up a network.

    Windows XP Home has many strong multimedia features. New Media Player lets you copy music from CD to hard disk, create your own playlist, and write your own music CDs if you have a CD writer. You can also play back DVD-Video (but only if a hardware or software DVD decoder is already installed) and play MP3 audio files and MPEG videos (but sadly not the popular RealMedia formats). Admittedly, Media Player does nothing that you cannot also do with free alternatives, but it is slick and nicely integrated. There is also Windows Movie Maker, a basic tool for capturing and editing videos that's fun to use, although too limited for serious work.

    For Web browsing, XP Home comes with Internet Explorer 6.0 and MSN Explorer. The most significant new feature for Internet users is the built-in firewall. A firewall protects against one of the most disturbing security risks, in which other users unknown to you might connect to your computer while it is online, reading private files or causing other damage. XP's built-in firewall is a simple affair, but it does prevent most types of unauthorized connections.

    The XP user interface is not a radical departure from earlier versions of Windows, but there are a number of small changes that together add up to a significant improvement. For example, you can add and remove shortcuts from the Start menu by right-clicking on the icon and selecting Pin or Unpin from the pop-up menu. Windows online help is integrated into a Help and Support Center that works like an internal Web site, with searchable help, tutorials, and walkthroughs. Laptop or other flat-screen users can set Windows to use ClearType for screen fonts, for a more readable display.

    There are, of course, some pitfalls. Windows XP Home is demanding on hardware, and it would be a mistake to install it on less than Microsoft's recommended minimum. Business users note: unlike Windows 98 or Me, XP Home Edition cannot join a Windows server domain, so the networking is peer-to-peer only--see Windows XP Professional Editionfor this functionality. There is also no multiprocessor support, and a mildly annoying anti-piracy measure requires you to obtain a code from Microsoft for full installation and any future system changes. But don't let that put you off: this is Microsoft's best Windows yet. --Tim Anderson ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Smooth, Steady and Solid -- Well Worth the Price!
    I recently upgraded to Windows XP from Windows 98 Second Edition, and I have been THOROUGHLY impressed! With Windows 98 I experienced frequent blue screens and crashes. With Windows XP all of those problems are now history. Also, many of the drivers I needed to load AFTER loading Windows 98 are now already included. My video card drivers were loaded, my CD burner functions were all present, and my scanner worked flawlessly without installing any additional software.

    The biggest hurdle with this product is successful installation. If you have older components you may have significant problems getting them to function with the new OS. Some older apps are also likely to have difficulty. My hardware and my software are all fairly current, so I had no trouble.

    I have upgraded my newer computer at home with Windows XP, but the older computer at my church study has Windows 98, and will have it for some time. I am reluctant to upgrade because of the installation problems inevitable with the older components.

    This product is definitely worth the price, but some persons may need to upgrade components BEFORE upgrading their OS.

    If you have a newer or brand new computer and are seeking the smoothest, steadiest and most solid OS, I HIGHLY recommend Windows XP.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Horror show
    I am not a computer guru but I am very good at fixing problems on my machine and have been using windows since 95. I did a fresh install of XP home edition on Oct 30th. I still have not been able to get my CD writer to work properly. The burner worked fine with M.E. No matter how much I slow the write speed, the disks are corrupt. It burns the disk but the disk cannot be read (sometimes it can). Doesn't matter if it is data or music. This all happened when I installed XP. I have contacted support, updated the driver, replaced my IDE cable. It just does not work (I replaced the writer, just for fun - no change).

    Also my DVD player will not read DVD's. I have purchased software to burn CD's and play DVD's that is supposed to work with XP but no luck.

    I used to have issues about Microsoft's hardcore piracy protection. I like to reformat sometimes. I have read that you have to contact Microsoft and explain why you are installing again. This used to concern me but it has fallen low on the list.

    Since I have installed XP, my machine is horrible at doing the things XP was supposed to be made for. I have had no luck with any support. I think I am going to bail on it. I am a beaten man...

    5-0 out of 5 stars MAJOR improvement over '98; Microsoft finally got it right!
    I purchased a BYO system and went with an OEM version of XP Home edition. Given Microsoft's track record when coming out with a new OS (always wait at least 1 year to make sure most of the major bugs are out), I was skeptical; but, to my surprise I have been VERY pleased with XP so far. I leave my computer on 24/7, and I have not seen ONE B.S.O.D. since I installed it a month ago. In fact, I have not had to restart my computer ONE time due to a system crash/lockup.
    I was also concerned about having to download drivers for all of my peripherals and plug-in cards; but again, Microsoft surprised me! My printer, network card, cd-rw drive, video card and gamepad installed almost instantly without me doing anything! XP comes preloaded with MANY drivers, and when the device is plugged in XP instantly recognizes it and loads the correct driver before your even done sitting down. No hardware wizard to mess with . . . just a quick painless install.
    My recommendation? Backup all your files, wipe out your hard drive and install XP from scratch (NOT as an upgrade or on top of '98). This will ensure you get the smoothest operation. Also, as mentioned, XP may not support some older devices; but if it's not supported it's probably time for you to get a new one anyway.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Windows XP Professional
    I have been a freelance translator for the past 15 years; and as such, was forced to learn how to operate a computer at a rather advanced age. That was during 1990. I started with a plain little computer, no WYSIWYG. . .and I can't even remember what the operating system was, but it was, most assuredly built by Bill Gates and was not yet "Windows".
    I have FINALLY GRADUATED to this WONDERFUL version of Windows. . Windows XP Professional, the zenith of operating systems. I assure anyone who is reading this, that it is a most worthwhile investment. No more crashes. The computer even TELLS YOU when it has "indigestion". I love it. I cannot believe how good it is. I recommend it most heartily to everyone. You will certainly not be sorry once you load it on to your computer.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Turned my Dinosaur PC into a Performer
    When I had Windows 98, my computer had a lot of problems. It was always stalling, it was unstable, and practically froze on me 2 times a day over an 8 hour usage. When I installed Windows XP the difference was completely noticeable. I stopped getting the stupid errors on the screen, and my computers functionality and power increased at least by 210%. Windows Xp has its downside though. It still has a compatibility problem with really old programs, (Try Nisus Missle Master 2.5 made back in 1992, for example). But who cares? All I've ever wanted is a computer that can go beyond its limits. Now, with Windows XP, your computer can pass every limit ever made. ... Read more


    16. Microsoft Windows Small Business Server Standard 2003 (5 Client)
    list price: $599.99
    our price: $549.99
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    Asin: B0000CG4CZ
    Catlog: Software
    Publisher: Microsoft
    Sales Rank: 2635
    Average Customer Review: 3 out of 5 stars
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    Features

    • Get a preconfigured internal Web site based on Windows SharePoint Services
    • Accommodate a mobile work force through the Remote Web Workplace
    • Mobile users can access their information from portable devices
    • Updated network administration features helps your network run efficiently
    • Includes Windows Server 2003 and Exchange Server 2003 technology

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    3-0 out of 5 stars No Terminal Services In This Edition
    Be forewarned if you are wanting to use this as an application server. The Terminal Services included in this edition are limited to two users and will NOT run in Application Mode. Microsoft claims this limited for security purposes, but you can do this on their full blown product, so I think it is more for $ purposes (they want more). As far as the product goes, the value is pretty good. You get an Exchange server, POP3 mail connector (this distributes email from a POP3 account to the proper Exchange account), fax sharing software, and Outlook 2003. Most things can be done through the Wizard driven interface, which can be a hinderance if you are trying to customize the product. ... Read more


    17. Microsoft Windows Server Standard 2003-5 Clients
    list price: $1,019.00
    our price: $889.99
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    Asin: B00008MNXV
    Catlog: Software
    Publisher: Microsoft
    Sales Rank: 1860
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars A good work from ms again!!!
    To the company of the all specializers it is adviced to have this one..

    5-0 out of 5 stars Windows 2000 with just a few enhancements
    I got my MSDN shipment yesterday and loaded up the Enterprise version on an HP Pavillion (don't laugh).

    All was well, except for sound incompatibility - Turtle Beach not happy.

    My biggest gripe - IIS would not start the default web due to "the process cannot access the file because its in use".

    Bummer.

    And, I tried loading the Adminpak.msi that allows administration of servers from an XP box etc. It did not extract due to "incorrect cluster size".

    These are my only complaints so far. Its not a "must have" upgrade for your existing Windows 2000 servers. Nothing really compelling out of the box that I can see. All admin tools are the same, AD etc.

    Microsoft still makes the best software on the planet no matter what anyone says.

    I've used OSX, Linux, SGI O/2, and nothing can compare to ease of use, tools, and built in services. ... Read more


    18. SUSE LINUX Professional 9.3 Update
    list price: $59.99
    our price: $54.99
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    Asin: B0007XQBX0
    Catlog: Software
    Manufacturer: SuSE Inc.
    Sales Rank: 135
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Superb Linux Distro
    Pros: Superb interface, very easy to use, full featured distro with over 2000 software applications, very good Yast control panel, excellent hardware support and security features. Top web browers Firefox and Conqueror with all plug-ins installed automatically. Blinded against viruses.

    Cons: A bit of a memory hog, 512mb memory recommended. Linux distros do not support a lot of webcams.

    I have been using Suse Pro for the past couple of years and their latest version is a gem. Sure it costs a bit more but what you get is the best Linux distro available. Very secure, Novell provides you with continous security updates. Excellent media support.

    ... Read more


    19. Microsoft Windows 98 Second Edition Upgrade
    list price: $109.00
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    Asin: B00002JV50
    Catlog: Software
    Publisher: Microsoft
    Sales Rank: 573
    Average Customer Review: 2.58 out of 5 stars
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    Amazon.com Product Description

    The Microsoft Windows 98 operating system is the upgrade to Windows that makes your computer work better and play better. It works better by making it simple to access the Internet and by providing better system performance along with easier system diagnostics and maintenance. With Windows 98, your system plays better as well, with support for the latest graphics, sound, and multimedia technologies; offers the ability to easily add and remove peripheral devices with support for universal serial bus (USB); and enables you to watch TV on your PC. ... Read more

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    2-0 out of 5 stars Always a dll problem
    So frustrated I had to write this review. I taken a course on the A+ certification (haven't had time to take the test yet) I know and understand how to maintain a computer. .dll files are shared between win 95/98 programs, if a .dll file is removed improperly, other programs will still look for it and give you an error. Then you have to shut down your computer (unless the computer froze on you then you have to power off and go through scan disk, which isn't good either). To avoid these errors you are suppose to always use the uninstall.exe the software came with, if it does not have one you go into the control panel and use the "add/remove program".

    Now that I have been maintaining my computer as stated above, why the hell did I just get a .dll file error while using Adobe Photo Shop? According to "Microsoft" this should not have accured.

    - I am sick to death of Microstoft -

    The reason why I give this 2 stars instead of 1 is because of USB and all of the games and programs available for win 98. It also crashes way less than windows 95 (but still crashes). The win 98 machine is my work computer. At home I have just installed Red Hat Linux. Now keep in mind you still have to take proper care of linux system, but it seems that linux is pretty solid. I'm glad I chose it. I'm just starting to learn perl and there are plenty of program you can download for free to use and to mess with the code. I've used Unix for over a year and a half so it may be a little easier for me to start having fun with linux then most people, but I urge you to give a try. Oh yeah, as soon as the BeOs is free I'll try that out as well. Be said they would release the free version soon.

    I hope my review helps. Thank you.

    5-0 out of 5 stars What is everyone talking about?
    I have been reading the reviews about Windows 98 SE, and people say it sucks. I disagree! I admit that Windows 98 SE does have a couple of bugs, but it for sure has less than Windows 95. The only problem with it is that sometimes it hangs during shutdown, but that is only a minor problem. Its more stable than 95 and has more features. It is easier to use and is faster too. The upgrade went great and only took about 30 min. For all those people with "name brand pc's" that have trouble upgrading I have one too. Its a Compaq Presario 8760, with 166MHz and 64mb of ram. Windows 98 SE also comes with a new version of DirectX and even has Microsoft Plus included. It features more 3D icons, and has a mini-desktop in the taskbar. Windows 98 also has an improved start menu and help capabilites. It even comes with Windows Update which goes on the internet and shows you new files you can get for it. Oh yeah... the startup is alot faster (about 50 sec). Windows 98 also has better system tools and network capabilites. So if you are using Windows 3.1 or 95, and your computer can't handle the newest version of Windows (ME) than go with Windows 98! Its worth it.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Instability is my middle name... Shhh.... Don' tell a soul!
    I was completely in the unknown in how to buy Pc's back in the day (2001). I unfortunately bought a HP Pavilion computer loaded with a Windows 98se. The operating system is unstable because it freezes if you run too many programs. It also doesn't have a "eye-candy" interface with the fancy metallic stream-lined toolbars, [see mac os x if you want to know better], if you care. Overall, if you're tight on the budget and can't afford a Apple Macintosh like me, you're stuck with Microsoft. Its a cheap, unstable O.S made WAAAY too fast without care, for a massive population. Get an apple if you want a life-time reliable computer, because if you're stuck with a microsoft windows computer, you'll be changing your computer every 2 to 3 years BECAUSE THE OS WILL BURN UP LIKE A SHRAPNEL!.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Kudos to Amazon.com
    Hi out there;
    Recently, I wrote a negative review about my negative experiences with MS products over the years. To my amazement (my apologies to Amazon) it was published on the Amazon web site on the customer review list associated with the MS XP OS. I was a poor little David with my little slingshot attacking Goliath ... (The richest man in the world)one bill gates, featured in the movie; "Pirates of Silicon Valley".
    To my ,pleased, amazement the following occurred;
    Days after my review published Customer reviews of 5 stars to XP numbering over 800 obscured the negative customer reviews already onsite. Highly suspicious, eh?
    I replied with a review that my decision not to buy XP was based on the negative customer reviews of XP, rather than the avalanch of phoney 5 star reviews then on site. I was feeling used rather than "User".
    Soon after the XP software was no longer featured on Amazon.com neither was ME nor 2000, they disappeared along with my negative reviews.
    Now, featured is Win 98SE upgrade (It's unclear if this is an upgrade of Win 98SE or what and would'nt it be clearer if it was called Win 98 third edition). Also WinSE upgrade is selling at a 25% increase in the usual upgrade price an obvious display of immense gall.
    Throughout all this where was Amazon.com? Running quietly in the background doing what a responsible business does ... objectively reporting even to the extent of referring a customer to an other vendor to satisfy that customer's needs. I recently ordered a book from Amazon.com and added another book to that order based only on Amazon's "Other customers also bought". OK it was a small order but it was an order made with confidence. Amazon.com has taught me over the years to trust them. How sad for MS that they as yet don't understand that simple basic process.
    To those of you out there that feel your voices are too small to be heard, I encourage you to speak up and let's together make this world the place it ought to be.
    Again Thank You Amazon.com we love ya!
    As always Sincerely
    John King AKA jhnkij@aol.com

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great shopping
    Seller was very fast and efficient. I would deal with him again.
    He was exceptionally helpful with my questions regarding the product that I purchased from him. A GREAT GUY! ... Read more


    20. Microsoft Virtual PC for Mac 7.0 Upgrade
    list price: $99.99
    our price: $79.99
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    Asin: B0002NTA0G
    Catlog: Software
    Publisher: Microsoft
    Sales Rank: 213
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    Features

    • Access PC-only software, files, networks, and devices with your Mac
    • Zero-configuration printing; better graphics handling; expanded preferences
    • Cut and paste between platforms; share folders and other media between platforms
    • Easily shut down virtual PC and relaunch right where it left off
    • G5 support; simple, intuitive installation process; use PC and Mac peripherals

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