Unicode and Operating Systems

As with the other technologies we've looked at, the major operating systems all either have Unicode support now or are moving rapidly in the direction of adding it. Here's a quick rundown.

Microsoft Windows

Microsoft has been gradually adding Unicode support to Windows for some time now.[8] Windows XP, NT, and 2000 are built upon a Unicode base; all of the system APIs store strings as Unicode. (The same is not true of Windows 95, 98, and Me—the two operating system lines have been united in Unicode support with the introduction of the home and professional versions of Windows XP.) The file system and networking protocols are Unicode-based, too. The Windows system uses the UTF-16 encoding internally and is based on ...

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