Although the company isn't planning a full makeover of Windows 95 in 1996,
Microsoft will offer two updates
plus an add-on this year that will increase the operating system's access to
both commercial online services and the Web.
By the summer, hardware manufacturers will receive the first update of
Windows 95, called "OSR 2" (OEM service release). This version will come
software for America Online, CompuServe, and CompuServe?s novice-oriented Wow service.
OSR2 will also come with hardware device drivers, bug fixes, and
allocation table), system software that will enable better management of
disk space on PCs with larger than 2GB drives. Consumers will be able to purchase PCs with the updated OS by the fall.
Microsoft officials also said an OSR 3 version of Windows 95 will be
released to manufacturers by the end of the year but wouldn't
provide details on its features.
In the meantime, however, Microsoft this summer will also begin beta testing an add-on to Windows
95--code-named Nashville--that will merge Windows Explorer with the Internet
Explorer Web browser. Nashville will allow users to browse local files and
Web sites seamlessly through one interface. The company has not set final
shipment dates and
distribution plans for Nashville, according to a