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CNET News.com: Microsoft ready to send 64-bit Windows 2000 to developers

Jul 12, 2000, 21:34 (8 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Stephen Shankland)

"Although the preview release represents a milestone, the company's server strategy is far from seamless. The Datacenter version of Windows 2000, a beefed-up version of 32-bit Windows 2000 for servers, remains noticeably absent. This version, about a month late, was due four months after the Windows 2000 debut."

"Two final versions of 64-bit Windows, one for servers and one for workstations, will be released when computer manufacturers begin selling their systems, said Michael Stephenson, lead product manager for the Windows enterprise server division. ... Today's version is "about 95 percent feature-complete," Stephenson said. It's similar in technological maturity to a beta version, though Microsoft is avoiding the term "beta" to describe the software unfurled today."

"Intel is backing three operating systems for mainstream use on Itanium machines and the successors in the IA-64 family: Windows, Linux and... Monterey-64, spearheaded by IBM and Santa Cruz Operation (SCO), among others."

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