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Windows Magazine: Windows 2000: A Space Odyssey

Jun 28, 1999, 01:20 (8 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Mike Elgan)

"What a great science fiction movie this would be."

"The film would open in prehistoric times (the 1970s), showing a primitive people barely scraping by with Stone Age tools like pens, typewriters and filing cabinets. Suddenly, a strange, monolithic box appears: the Altair personal computer."

"Cut to the future. It's the year 2000, and we're all hurtling through space, our lives completely dependent on one intelligent, highly sophisticated software program: Windows 2000 Professional."

"The Win2000 "experience" is supposed to be simple as 1-2-3 (and I don't mean Lotus). But behind that mask of simplicity lies a bloated, legacy-burdened OS of more than 30 million lines of spaghetti code. Whether Win2000 is actually as smooth and easy as its interface suggests is an open question. Plenty of IT execs seem skeptical; they assume it'll take a couple of bug-fixing updates for the product to even approach the reliability of Linux or the compatibility of Win98."

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