Microsoft to ship ‘N’ versions of Windows next week
Microsoft has finally announced a shipping date for versions of its Windows operating system into Europe. The newly created Windows XP Home Edition N and Windows XP Professional N, which do not include versions of Windows Media Player, are being released to manufacturing across Europe by 15 June.
The two versions have been released as part of Microsoft’s compliance with the March 2004, ruling by the European Commission that the company abused its monopoly in operating systems to gain competitive advantage in the emerging battle for multimedia players.
The versions were originally due to be shipped in January of this year, but disputes over the name, meant that continued right up until the last minute.
These ‘N’ versions of Windows will finally be made available to computer manufacturers on 15 June in English, French, German, Italian and Spanish, and will be available to other distribution channels, including the retail and volume licensing channels, on 1 July.
The remaining language versions – Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Greek, Hungarian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese and Swedish – will be available to computer makers on 1 July and to other distribution channels on 15 July.