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The Standard: Windows 2000 Debuts (At Last)

Feb 14, 2000, 17:50 (7 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Alex Lash)

"...we'll get Bill Gates, Michael Dell and other PC kingpins singing the praises of arguably Microsoft (MSFT) 's most critical release ever, one that could make the difference between dominating the Internet and being left behind. 'It will be the backbone of [our] revenue engine for the next several years,' newly crowned CEO Steve Ballmer told investors..."

"Another reason for haste: the onrush of Linux, which last year became the second most-popular server operating system. It holds 25 percent of the market, trailing only Windows NT's 38 percent, according to International Data Corp."

"...Linux will continue to get better, though, and it will stay free. Its long-term threat was underscored last week when Dell, one of Microsoft's staunchest allies in the PC business, declared his company 'platform-agnostic.' He lavished praise on Windows 2000 but made sure that Windows-related questions ended with Linux answers..."

"...the year will prove Windows 2000's mettle as the 'business Internet' solution, as Microsoft calls it. If it performs as promised, the company will be closer to extending its PC dominance to the Net. If not, Ballmer will have more to worry about than the antitrust trial."

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