Table: A Mixed Bag from Microsoft

Windows XP sure looks nice. And it crashes less often than the Windows Me it replaces. But its Web features are just average.

Photos: XP offers access to selected photo finishers. But those services offer only reprints of digital shots, not conventional film processing. MISS

Personal Publishing: Integration among XP and Microsoft's MSN Communities lets you build home pages easily. XP could help MSN compete with Yahoo!'s GeoCities community. CLICK

Home Networking: XP lets you make one PC in your home the hub of a network. That lets you share Net access, which saves bucks. But you may need a pro to set up XP's home networking. MISS

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