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Forbes: Here comes Windows 2000

Feb 15, 2000, 08:04 (7 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by David Einstein)

"Like a lot of Microsoft products, however, Windows 2000 took a long time to develop--four years, at a cost of more than $1 billion. The wait has given competitors a wide-open window (pardon the pun) to make inroads in corporate computing. Sun Microsystems (nasdaq: SUNW), for example, has solidified its position as the server of choice for running Internet sites. And Linux, which was virtually unknown just two years ago, has become a serious thorn in Microsoft's side in the entry-level market, where the company does most of its Windows NT business.

In addition, Windows 2000 is a big (some say bloated) operating system that reflects Microsoft's modus operandi of putting every possible feature into a product, the better to bludgeon the competition. But it comes to market at a time when the Internet-driven computer industry is moving toward smaller devices and applications that can be run over the Web, without an elaborate operating system."

"Every company that makes computers or software for business--and relies on Windows--has been waiting for this moment. And it's especially important to Dell, Compaq and other computer makers who need Windows 2000 to fuel their tanks in the market for network servers. That's because Windows NT didn't have the oomph to run anything larger than a departmental network. When it came to enterprise-level computing, companies such as Sun, International Business Machines (nyse: IBM) and Hewlett-Packard (nyse: HWP) have had a field day with their powerful Unix servers."

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