The next great thing being released by Microsoft is the upgrade for Windows 95. Dubbed Windows 98 by the general population (its release date will likely be early next year) but called Memphis by Microsoft, this new operating system promises, just like its predecessor, to sell millions of copies. That really goes without saying--mostly because every new PC will come bundled with this updated version, whether users like it or not. Of course, just as with the Windows 3.1 to Windows 95 upgrade, you don't actually have to upgrade your system to keep it running smoothly; in fact, according to a study by computer usage measurement company Media Metrix Inc., only about 50 percent of home computer users have upgraded their systems from Windows 3.1 to Windows 95.
To determine whether the Windows 98 upgrade is worth the trouble (any change in an operating system is bound to bring about some glitches, no matter how minor), we obtained a beta-one version of Memphis. Since this is a test version, we did not rate the program as we usually do in our Report Card section, but we took a peek behind the curtain to see what this version of Windows has to offer.