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InfoWorld: IBM: Microsoft must improve Windows 2000

Aug 31, 1999, 16:41 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Ed Scannell)

"While IBM will support Microsoft's upcoming Windows 2000 in accounts both large and small, company officials Monday said Microsoft must make several improvements to the much-anticipated operating system before it works and plays well in multivendor corporate environments."

"...needs to add a proven synchronization capability to Windows 2000's Active Directory so it works with other industry standard Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) directories."

"...needs to improve the interoperability of the operating system's Kerberos with DCE Kerberos, as well as allowing the Microsoft Management Console to work more flexibly with competitive products."

" 'These problems need to be addressed before Windows 2000 can smoothly be integrated into multivendor environments,' said Pat Gibney, IBM's director of Windows 2000 Systems, in Raleigh. Gibney said he does not doubt Microsoft will eventually provide solutions for these problems, such as the DirSynch framework allowing it work with other LDAP directories, but these solutions will not find their way into the operating system until later versions."

"Company officials promised that all 300 plus applications the company has in its portfolio will 'tolerate,' or be compatible with, the 32-bit operating system on day one. Over the course of the first 12 to 24 months after Windows 2000 ships, all 300 or so applications will be fully exploitive."

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