I'm crossing my fingers that the AoE2 community will embrace it. Since it uses userpatch, the implication here is that you'll be able to do pretty much a fresh install of AoEII, the TC expansion, and then AoFE and it should work hassle-free on newer machines (we've come a long way since 2000 -_-). It will also be playable on resolutions without using a work-around such as a bat file.
Anyhoo, I suggest checking it out. Occasionally I still see a gold edition for sell at walmart or such. The current multiplayer places are gameranger and voobly.