A new generation of desktop and network operating systems (OS) promises to expand the choices available to educators this year. The new systems boast features that aim to boost productivity, improve security, and create a more robust architecture to handle the increased demands of web publishing and network management, their proponents say.

Microsoft Corp. released Windows 2000, a major upgrade to its NT network OS, in February after a yearlong delay. Apple is expected to follow suit this summer with the desktop version of its OS X, which will replace the current OS 8.x line as the


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