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Microsoft, meanwhile, has launched a major push to make sure that August doesn't become the latest in a string of missed deadlines for Windows 95. They now will add no new features, and developers are concentrating on cleaning up the remaining software and hardware compatibility problems. A new version, known as "Beta 3," is scheduled to be shipped to 30,000 testers in late February. About four weeks later, Microsoft will offer 400,000 "preview" copies to users worldwide for $32, an amount the company says will just cover its direct costs.

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