"Microsoft... said the three server versions of Windows 2000
will be able to use more processors out of the box,
with the entry-level server edition handling four, the advanced
version eight and the data center version 32. Previously
Microsoft said the symmetrical multiprocessing capabilities would
only be possible with the help of a third party. In the literature
for its corporate preview program of Beta 3, for example, Microsoft
was only willing to tout a four-processor capability for the
"Until now, Microsoft has been downplaying scalability in
Windows 2000. Lead product manager Craig Beilinson said today that
scalability was one of the concerns users have ranked lowest in the
company's market research. Reliability, he said, has been the
overwhelming priority of customers. "
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