Microsoft customers simply love XP

Three prominent Windows XP test customers today endorsed the forthcoming upgrade to the Windows desktop operating system.

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By  David Ingham Published  October 17, 2001

Microsoft test customers yesterday lined up to endorse Windows XP, the latest upgrade to Windows. Amongst MS’s delighted guinea pigs were Dubai Internet City, Aramex and Public Warehousing Co.

Dubai Internet City has been testing XP and plans to roll it out sometime next year. “As a provider of IT infrastructure for international and regional companies, Dubai Internet City was one of the early adopters of Windows XP in the region and have currently previewed it in various departments of our organisation,” says Hanadi Ayoub, internal services manager, DIC.

“With Windows XP, Microsoft has managed to build upon the stability of the Windows 2000 platform, while adding a slew of features that further empower organisations such as ours.”

Aramex also offers its endorsement to XP, which launches in two versions. First, there’s XP home, which comes in a green box and costs $99 for upgrades and $199 new. XP Professional comes in a blue box and costs $199 for upgrades and $299 new.

“In a business operation such as ours, which requires a robust IT network spread over several geographical locations, reliability, scalability and 24/7 uptime is critical,” says Samer Awajan, chief technology architect at Aramex Intl. “While previewing the new Windows XP, we were impressed by the high degree of reliability, security and the easy interface that the new operating system provides.”

Mohammed Ghassan Farra, director, strategic business solutions, PWC adds his support. “The new operating system is ideal for a work environment such as ours, with a range of business interests and a large number of knowledge workers,” he enthuses.

Mazen Shehadah, XP product marketing manager, describes himself as “extremely encouraged” by the feedback. XP ships in Dubai, in English and Arabic versions, on October 25. Rollout in other regional markets follows soon after.

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