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CNET News.com: Some may take wait-and-see approach to Windows 2000

Nov 03, 1999, 17:37 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Stephanie Miles, Joe Wilcox)

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"But even as Microsoft puts the finishing touches on the often-delayed OS, PC makers, analysts, and the large corporations expected to eventually install the software are indicating that the process of adopting Windows 2000 will be slow and may not even start until the second half of 2000 for many.

Large corporations, which are notoriously conservative in their technology decisions, will likely wait until the first round or two of bug patches and service releases are available before installing Windows 2000, according to Mike DeNeffe, vice president of marketing for NEC."

" 'There's a whole ramp-up even though the stores don't get it until February,' said Dataquest analyst Kimball Brown. 'But then there's a lull until the first service pack, which probably won't be until fourth quarter...' "

" 'There will be many early adopters going out to buy Windows 2000, but you can expect larger companies to wait until the first or second service pack before really adopting Windows 2000,' said Technology Business Research analyst Joe Ferlazzo. Ferlazzo predicted a slow sustained build up, but added, 'It could be a year or more before you see any large buying by many large companies.' "

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