Windows XP is the next version of Microsoft Windows beyond Windows 2000 and Windows Millennium. Windows XP brings the convergence of Windows operating systems by integrating the strengths of Windows 2000?standards-based security, manageability and reliability with the best features of Windows 98 and Windows Me?Plug and Play, easy-to-use user interface, and innovative support services to create the best Windows yet. By building on the proven Windows 2000 operating system, Windows XP Professional delivers a reliable foundation you can count on to keep your computer up and running when you need it most. Not only is Windows XP more reliable, it also helps you more easily recover from system problems. Computers running Windows XP Professional outperform Windows 98 Second Edition, and meet the performance of Windows 2000 on commercial benchmarks. Not only will Windows XP launch applications faster, in most cases, your entire system will start up much more quickly. Security features in Windows XP Professional protect sensitive and confidential data both on your computer and while you are transmitting over a network or the Internet. With support for the latest security standards and enhanced virus protection, Windows XP also protects you from some of the more common types of Internet attacks. From its fresh, new look to its intuitive, task-based design, Windows? XP Professional makes it easier than ever to use your computer. You?ll be able to get more done in less time, find items in a snap, and arrange files and folders in a way that makes sense to you. Simply put, Windows XP Professional helps you work smarter.