" 'Windows 2000 is an operating system that is so critical for
the overall success of Microsoft that it is hard to state it
strongly enough,' said Daniel Kusnetzky, program director at
International Data Corp. (IDC), in Framingham, Mass.
Since the Windows NT 4.0 launch in 1996, Microsoft has bulldozed
competitors in the departmental server business -- most notably
Novell and IBM -- to help it report financial results that have
wowed investors and made Microsoft a viable vendor in corporate
back offices. Microsoft shipped more than 2 million copies of
Windows NT in 1999, up almost 400,000 from 1998, according to IDC.
But its growth rate in the server OS market, although still strong,
is tapering off, analysts said.
With the range of options now available, such as Linux and
hosted applications, Microsoft won't be able to rely solely on the
dominance of Windows with hardware manufacturers and ISVs to be
successful, one analyst said."
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