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TechWeb: Windows 2000 Server Apps Delayed

Jun 07, 2000, 01:34 (6 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Barbara Darrow)

"Microsoft unveiled the product road map and gave a glowing status report on Windows 2000 at its annual TechEd event in Orlando, Fla. Group vice president Bob Muglia said more than 1.5 million copies of Windows 2000 server have sold and that there is now a stable of 8,500 shipping applications. Muglia also re-stressed Microsoft's mantra that Windows 2000 is by far the most reliable Windows product ever."

"That, however, begs the point, some said. They maintain even Windows proponents say Windows NT server 4.0 significantly lags Sun Microsystems' Solaris, and even Linux, in reliability. Sorensen said there is a perception that Windows NT (now called Windows 2000) had reboot and other issues and Microsoft has to prove its reliability and scalability to customers."

"...the problem for Microsoft, especially in e-commerce, is that what the company started touting six months ago for its Site Server E-commerce Edition Version 4 is now already offered by competitors, and the Microsoft site server is still not available. Microsoft is very late with its products and that will have a negative impact on its ability to compete," said Shawn Willett, an analyst at Current Analysis, Sterling, Va. "The market has run past Microsoft."

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