MS spells out Windows 98 details

Having completed the formalities naming its next mainstream operating system release, Microsoft has been spelling out features and positioning for the software formally known as 'Memphis'.

Windows 98 will be aimed at making everyday computing simpler, faster and easier to manage, the firm said. Key features include a user interface that taps Web surfing features, automatic manageability such as system file checking, a Disk Defragmentation Wizard for optimising hard drives and performance tuning. Features from the Windows 95 service release such as USB and FAT 32 file system support are also included.

Microsoft said it sees Windows 98 going into businesses requiring compatibility with 16-bit applications and older peripherals.