Windows XP gives you the freedom to work the way you want. Windows XP Professional, the new standard in reliability and performance, is designed for businesses of all sizes, and for individuals who demand the most from their computing experience. Windows XP Professional puts the advanced productivity tools of the digital age at your fingertips.
Experience a new, simplified design. A fresh, new, simplified visual design makes it easier to find and perform everyday tasks. The redesigned Start menu groups your most-frequently used applications for easy access. Your five favorite programs display first, and your default e-mail and Web browser are always available. Access your documents, printers, and network connections with just one click. One click also gets you to Help and Support and tools to configure your system. You can even personalize the Start menu to suit your needs.
Experience business-class security. Encrypt data on your systems and on the "wire" to provide business-level security and privacy and to safeguard your important business documents. Even if someone else gains access to a lost or stolen laptop, they are not able to access any of the files on it if someone gains access to the disk. Internet Connection Firewall automatically shields the computers in your network from viruses and unauthorized access from the Internet.
Experience real-time communications. Windows XP Professional with Windows Messenger® lets you communicate with customers, vendors, colleagues or business partners in real-time using text, audio, video, and other collaborative tools. You can make voice calls to your colleagues’ computers or phones, or send text messages to their cell phones and pagers. You can even send files and documents using Windows Messenger®. With a button click, you can start a video session to see who you’re talking with and share a whiteboard or application. Face-to-face communication makes business calls more effective and improves relationships with your customers and partners. And you can be more efficient and more productive by working with others on documents in real-time.
Experience the Remote Desktop. Available only in Windows XP Professional, the Remote Desktop lets you create a virtual session on your desktop computer using Microsoft’s Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP). With Remote Desktop, you can access all of the data and applications stored on your desktop computer from virtually any network connection, including a dial-up or Virtual Private Network (VPN) connection. Performance is excellent because there is no need to transfer files and applications over the network. Remote Desktop transfers only the screen data, keyboard input, and mouse clicks over your network connection. Experience mobility. In the past, the most reliable way to connect your laptop computer to a network was through a telephone line. Now with the built-in wireless technology in Windows XP Professional, you can take advantage of wireless network access points, or “hot spots.” These hot spots are being installed in public locations such as airports, conference centers, and coffee shops. They use the leading technology for broadband wireless networks today, known as 802.11b. Using a wireless network, you can carry your laptop from office to office, and into meeting rooms, without losing network connectivity. And you can work as though seated at your office desk.
Experience expert help and support. Invite a friend or support professional to connect to your computer over the Internet and fix a problem or answer a question. The Remote Assistance tool lets you get hands-on help from others who also run Windows XP. The expert can be in the next room, or the next time zone. As long as you have an online connection, your helper can remotely take control of your computer. You can watch and chat in real time as he or she fixes your problem. Remote Assistance is secure because you give control only to a trusted individual, and you can take back control anytime.
Features Hardware - PC with 300 MHz or higher processor clock speed recommended; 233 MHz minimum required**
Memory - 128 MB of RAM or higher recommended (64 MB minimum supported; may limit performance and some features)
Hard Disk - 1.5 GB of available hard-disk space**
CD-ROM or DVD-ROM - CD-ROM or DVD drive
Input Device - Keyboard and Microsoft Mouse or compatible pointing device
Multimedia - For sound: Sound card and speakers or headphones.
For DVD video playback: DVD drive and DVD decoder card or DVD
decoder software & 8 MB of video RAM.
For Windows Movie Maker: Video capture feature requires appropriate digital or
analog video capture device & 400 MHz or higher processor for digital video camera capture
**Actual requirements will vary based on your system configuration and the applications and features you choose to install. Additional available hard-disk space may be required if you are installing over a network.