More light shed on BeOS update

Some 100,000 users have preregistered for the upcoming free download since the January announcement

On 28 March, Be will ship the next version of its BeOS operating system, which is capable of manipulating audio and video on a desktop PC.

The free version of BeOS 5 Personal Edition will be available for download on that date at free.be.com. Users can launch BeOS by double-clicking an icon on the desktop; the OS is stored as a file within Microsoft's Windows operating system, freeing users from having to repartition their hard drive, Be officials said.

Sometime after March, Be will ship the BeOS 5 Pro Edition, a full-featured version bundled with additional applications and services for advanced functionality. The Pro Edition will be available from a third-party vendor, officials said.

Approximately 100,000 users have preregistered for the free download since Be announced in January that it would make a version of BeOS available on its Web site.

Be officials would not comment on applications in BeOS 5 Personal and Pro Editions. Neither would they comment on what third parties will distribute the Pro Edition.

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