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Windows 98

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Beginners, Glossary and Background

A major release of the windows based operating system from Microsoft. Released in June 1998, it included several improvements on its predecessor, Windows 95. The most striking change was the tight integration with the web browser, Internet Explorer (in spite of legal wrangles to prevent it).

The desktop becomes, in effect, a web page that can accept live updates from the web, through push technology. Communications facilities are more closely integrated with the operating system and users can access web documents in just the same way as files on a local disk.

Speed improvements include faster start up and shut down of the operating system itself, and faster launching and closing of applications.

Windows 98 also supports:

  • FAT32 . The improved File Allocation Table uses 32-bit addressing (instead of 16-bit) allowing it to make more efficient use of disk space and have much larger disk partitions.
  • USB . Universal Serial Bus, for easy connection to hardware devices.
  • IEEE 1394 . A High Performance Serial Bus to transport high bandwidth data between computers and electronic products, such as digital camcorders, and VCRs.
  • MMX . Takes advantage of the Multimedia Extension (MMX) instructions for improved multimedia
  • DVD . Digital Versatile Disk for full motion video and other multimedia and over 28 times the capacity of a CD-ROM .
  • ACPI. Conserves energy on computers that support ACPI (Advanced Configuration and Power Interface).
  • AGP. Can use Accelerated Graphics Port standard for faster handling of 3D graphics.
  • Multiple display monitors. Up to nine monitors at a time can display nine separate programs.

See also:Windows evolution, Techweb


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