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ComputerWorld: Microsoft to ship final Win 2K prerelease

Oct 22, 1999, 16:20 (7 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by David Orenstein)

"Microsoft Corp. will issue a third and final release candidate of Windows 2000 around the second week of November as the last test version before it ships code to manufacturing before year's end.

RC3 will only be shipped to several hundred to a few thousand of Microsoft's most strategic beta customers rather than the roughly 750,000 who have been testing Windows 2000 for more than a year, said Craig Beilinson, lead product manager of the operating system."

"Analyst Joe Clabby of the Aberdeen Group Inc. in Boston said any extra steps Microsoft makes to ship stable code are crucial. 'Microsoft has a huge vested interest in making sure that Windows 2000 does not fall on its face,' he said. ... Clabby said he expects code to be released to manufacturing by the second week in December and for it to be shipped to the first users during the last week of the year."

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