Microsoft has sent Windows 98 Second Edition to manufacturing and you should be able to buy it within a few weeks, as promised.
The company is also posting Windows 98 Service Pack 1 on its Web site as a free download at about the same time. The Service Pack, which primarily offers bug fixes, is included in Windows 98 Second Edition.
Windows 98 Second Edition adds NetMeeting 3.0, Internet Connection Sharing, Internet Explorer 5.0 and new drivers, including some for new USB devices.
It also includes all bug fixes released since Windows 98's debut. Among them is a fix for a bug that sends information about your system hardware to Microsoft when you register new software online. That glitch, discovered in March, affects only users who have Ethernet adapter cards. Also fixed is a bug that causes Windows 98 to crash after it has been running for 49.7 consecutive days.
Windows 98 Second Edition Updates, for users already running Windows 98, can be ordered through Microsoft's Web site (information will be posted shortly at http://www.windowsupdate.microsoft.com). It is free for Windows 98 users (users pay for the cost of delivery and postage) and includes documentation for Internet Explorer 5 and the Internet Connection Sharing software.