Despite the legal furor surrounding its release--or perhaps, as some people believe, because of it--Windows 98 is already getting greater-than-expected advanced orders. Because of this, market research firms are now predicting that Windows 98 will outsell Windows 95 in the same time-period after its launch.

"We're forecasting there will be more Windows 98 sold in the first six months than there was in the first six months \[after\] the launch of Windows 95," said Channel Marketing president David Goldstein. "When we look at the penetration of \[PCs in\] small businesses and home consumers, it's going to surprise a lot of people."

Though Kim Brown of Dataquest disagrees that Windows 98 will surpass the mark set by Windows 95, she says that new computers sold with Windows 98 will likely surpass 30 million units by this September. And like Windows 95 before, it's likely that system bundles will account for the majority of sales