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ComputerWorld: Microsoft Tightens Developer Testing Rules for Win 2000

Aug 26, 1999, 17:11 (12 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Sharon Gaudin, David Orenstein)


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"Microsoft Corp. wants software and device driver vendors to write code that's well tuned and tested so that Windows 2000 -- under a lot of pressure to be stable -- doesn't fall victim to third-party sloppiness."

"In pursuit of its goal, Microsoft has mandated... Drivers be... certified. ...a more stringent specification to earn an 'Optimized for Windows 2000' logo. ...highest-end Windows 2000 DataCenter will run only on the systems that have been placed on a "gold" hardware compatibility list..."

"A survey of corporate information technology buyers released last week by IDC revealed deep user concerns about Windows 2000's reliability, and that could slow adoption."

"But... Microsoft's push to get vendors to build Windows 2000 optimized code will force users to upgrade, because a Windows 2000-optimized application will no longer run on Windows NT 4.0."

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