This is a week for new things. When you received this newsletter, you might have thought you were getting a newsletter you haven't subscribed to, but we simply changed the name of Windows 2000 Professional UPDATE to Windows Client UPDATE. The name change reflects our desire to bring you weekly information that applies to more than just Win2K Pro. We'll be your information source for the latest generations of Windows client-side business OSs, with a focus on Win2K Pro and Windows XP Professional.

The most significant motivator for this name change is last week's release to manufacturing (RTM) of XP Pro and XP Home. The RTM means that OEMs will soon receive the OS version that they preinstall on systems and that the OS retail version is on schedule for the October 25 launch date, although with RTM this early, it's conceivable that the OS will be in stores a few weeks early. I've been running XP on one of my two production machines (the other runs Win2K Pro) since Release Candidate 1 (RC1), so I'm in a good position to provide detailed information about the new OS and to give you the lowdown on which OS works best for which tasks. I plan to provide weekly tips that apply to both client OSs.

Continuing with the topic of new things, Microsoft's latest software isn't an OS, it's the latest version of Internet Explorer (IE). Microsoft released IE 6 to the Web Monday. I installed the 11MB download on my Win2K Pro system, and frankly, the upgrade seems less than compelling. The more detailed privacy-policy information is interesting, and the detailed control over the cookies that a site places on your computer is a good idea, but IE 6 otherwise seems to fall into the "upgrade if you want" category. I have one friend who's a maniac about all things related to computer security, and he feels that IE 6 is a must-have upgrade because of the privacy-policy and cookie-control information. Full details and the download are available on Microsoft's Web site. If you're interested, download and see for yourself.