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ZDNet: Red flags fly over Windows 2000

Jan 07, 2000, 18:14 (6 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Mary Jo Foley)

"A rumored government-wide ban of Windows 2000 in favor of 'Red Flag-Linux' in China is just one of a number of red flags facing the company when it comes to its biggest product launch of 2000."

"...integrators and solution providers are continuing to bank on Microsoft's promises that Windows 2000 will be a boon for them on all fronts, ranging from training to consulting to deployment. But ask integrators and solution providers for concrete, tangible reasons why customers should upgrade, and their answers are not quite so clear.

They know Active Directory is supposed to bring all kinds of benefits, but they aren't so good at spelling them out—despite the fact that Microsoft has given them lots of hints, by posting white papers which list at length the supposed improvements of Active Directory vis-à-vis shipping technologies like Novell Directory Services. They have heard Microsoft spent 500 person years and $162 million to test Windows 2000, but still admit privately they are waiting for the next point release before whole-heartedly recommending it."

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