Teaching The Old Dos New Tricks

On Mar. 31, Microsoft Corp. will release the latest upgrade of its pervasive MS-DOS program, version 6.0. While the Redmond (Wash.)-based giant expects the $50 software to sell well, it's already working on a plan, code-named Chicago, to merge the operating system with its Windows graphical add-on program. Microsoft officials hope the combined package will expose more PC owners to the advanced capabilities of Windows. So as not to anger DOS diehards, however, version 7.0 of that program will still be available separately when it becomes available.

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