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IT-Director: Brakes on W2K developments, watching brief on Open Source

Jan 17, 2000, 20:42 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jack of Hearts)

"App providers want to develop for platforms that are being used. Windows NT is already out there and will remain a suitable OS for many applications. Linux installations are now in sufficient quantities to merit developers to, at the very least, port their existing products if not to start treating Linux as a platform of choice. Meanwhile Windows 2000 faces an uphill struggle, against Linux on the one side and NT on the other.

End user organisations will only move to Windows 2000 if there is sufficient reason to do so. Unlike Windows NT, which rode the coat tails of the client server revolution, W2K requires a migration from the installed operating system base. Any benefits of the migration must outweigh their costs - benefits will be measured in terms of new applications which cannot be run on existing platforms, including NT. If Microsoft does not have the application companies on its side, W2K will find itself lacking sufficient reasons, in terms of convincing 'killer apps,' for end users to migrate. While it is waiting for its market to materialise, Windows 2000 may find itself submerged beneath the rising tide of Linux."

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