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WideOpenNews: Is W2K Ready for Prime Time?

Feb 16, 2000, 00:38 (2 Talkback[s])

"If analyst reports are any indication, the push behind W2K has not come a moment too soon. While Microsoft is the undisputed king of the desktop, the giant is facing increasing competition here from a burgeoning Internet appliances market, devices that IDC reports will outnumber PCs by 2002. Perhaps more important, however, is the threat facing MS in the server sector, a market quickly growing in importance as more and more companies turn to the Internet Economy. While NT remains the most popular server OS, an IDC report reveals that Linux, now in second place, is quickly catching up.

What's more, Microsoft's share of the enterprise market is badly in need of a boost. Red Herring noted a Dataquest study indicating that NT held just 13 percent of the revenue in the midrange server market as of Q3 1999. Unix held a 67 percent share of that market."

"Whether or not the company will be able to succeed won't be seen until the new product begins to flood the market. MS is meanwhile touting, among other things, greater reliability and cost savings. ...this week's release has already been tinged with negative press. The Register reports that GartnerGroup's forecast that one in four companies will have trouble switching to W2K knocked Microsoft's stock down 6 percent. What's more, Smart Reseller revealed news leaked from an internal document that MS employees were working to squash some 63,000 bugs in the new software."

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