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

“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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