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ComputerWorld: Gates opens window on Windows 2000 delay

Aug 27, 1999, 18:00 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by David Orenstein)

"Hedging on a deadline set earlier by Microsoft Corp., Bill Gates Wednesday said he is 'pretty sure' that Windows 2000 can be delivered by year's end. ... While some observers said they would wait longer for quality, others said the operating system needs to face real-world usage now."

"Few corporate users are likely to rush wide adoption of Windows 2000, analysts predict. 'Windows 2000 is not a 1999 event anyway,' said analyst Rob Enderle of Giga Information Group Inc. in Cambridge, Mass.

After hearing Gates' comments, analyst Michael Kwatinetz of Credit Suisse First Boston in New York predicted that Microsoft will officially launch Windows 2000 at Comdex in Las Vegas in November, but won't ship the final product until early next year.

But the longer it takes for gold code to reach evaluation teams, the longer it will take for them to plan the eventual rollouts, Enderle said. Deployments could therefore be delayed by as much as three months, he said."

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