XP's New Features
Yes, the Start Menu, Taskbar, and default Desktop have changed. (You can set them back to an "old school" fit and finish if you wantsee Chapter 7, "Clicking Less.") But the changes are more than just cosmetic; XP includes many new features that were not available on previous versions of Windows, especially in the Windows 9x product line. No matter what edition you choose, you will enjoy these improvements:
However, several key features are available only on XP Professional. I've highlighted a few:
The vast majority of topics covered in this book are applicable to both the Windows Home and Professional editions. On a few occasions, though, I'll point out a feature of XP Professional that I think can be helpful to the average user who's looking for more powerful ways to leverage the OS. After all, that's what this book is all about.