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Windows dressing

Microsoft's upgrade to Windows 95 has less heft and much less hype.

Special coverage: Windows dressing June 25, 1998
5:00 p.m. PT
Special coverage: Windows dressing

Windows 98 is the new operating system for consumers, whether they like it or not.

Gates headlines launch
lead story Gates compares the the PC industry to the auto industry in an earlier era.

Minor upgrade arrives
Windows 98 is more stable than its predecessor and adds a few tricks.

Sales off before debut
Consumers stayed away from PC, peripherals, and software purchases last month.

Europe launch muted
Windows 98 hits the ground walking due to the World Cup.

PC changes in store
Some computer makers are finding reasons to smile as the upgrade launches.

Peripherals to surge
Companies that specialize in modems, printers, and the like will see an upswing.

Midnight madness
Die-hard customers line up around the block to get Windows 98 after all.

The final analysis
CNET review CNET Labs tests Windows 98 for two factors: speed and reliability.

Windows dressing

 previous coverage
 • Big win for Windows
Microsoft wins a major battle See special coverage: 
Big win for Windows as an appeals court allows the bundling of Windows 95 and Internet Explorer. But its antitrust war with the Justice Department is far from over.
 • Win 98 wins over consumer PCs
 • NEC, Gateway back Navigator
 • Win 98 marketing gathers steam
 • Windows 98 crashes on Gates
 • Microscope on Microsoft
The Justice Department charges Microsoft Microscope on Microsoft with violating a 1995 consent decree on the licensing of Internet Explorer and Windows 95, prompting renewed scrutiny of the Redmond software giant.
? Will developers skip Windows 98?
? Microsoft charging for beta
? Mac software to run on Win 98
  Microsoft stock chart

 

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