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InfoWorld: Windows 2000 launch: Moment of truth arrives

Feb 14, 2000, 16:13 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by James Niccolai, Bob Trott)

" '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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