Microsoft unleashes Windows driver plan

Microsoft will map out its Windows Driver Model (WDM) plan at the WinHEC conference next month in San Francisco. Currently, the WDM supports USB device drivers that will work in both NT 4.0 and Windows 95. Memphis adds support for additional drives--like DVD--but Microsoft has been quiet about future specifications.

The Windows Driver Model is an important step to bridging the gap between Windows 95 and Windows NT. The unified drivers mean that hardware manufactures only need to write one driver for their devices. Windows NT, in particular, should benefit as well since most companies are writing for 95, not NT

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