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SRO: No Maybes About It: Win2K Will Ship This Year

Aug 27, 1999, 19:43 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Mary Jo Foley)

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"...only the discovery of the mother of all bugs will keep this operating system from going gold before the end of the year."

"Why am I so sure? All the signs are there... Another reason...? Starting with Beta 3 RC2, Windows 2000 will be an Intel X86-only operating system. ...Microsoft won't have to build Windows 2000 for Alpha any more, as Compaq has decided to pull the plug on NT-on-Alpha development (due, in substantial part, to the popularity of Linux on Alpha--but that's another story)."

"When Microsoft first began work on the NT OS/2 project, as it was then called, the company had five goals for NT: Portability, reliability, extensibility, compatibility and performance.

NT once was a portable OS: it ran on PowerPC, MIPS..., Alpha and Intel. Microsoft has said its experience developing NT for RISC platforms helped it prepare for its next big challenge: making NT a true 64-bit operating system that will ship concurrently with Intel's IA-64 processor. Hmmm....

Portability seems to have been relegated to the scrap heap. Compatibility seems to have been moved to the back burner, as well. ... The result...? All NT hands currently are charged with making sure off-the-shelf and custom apps will be able to work on Windows 2000 once it ships. Remember Microsoft's last-minute scramble to insure Windows 95 app compatibility? Here we go again."

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