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Inter@ctive Week: Did Windows 2000 miss the revolution?

Feb 15, 2000, 19:43 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Charles Babcock)

"But new flavors of Unix, long the favorite OS of Web site operators, are providing stiff competition, even on company networks. And at the most vibrant part of the computing spectrum -- the portable devices and information appliances that are expected to proliferate much more widely than the personal computer -- Windows may not even be a significant factor...."

"Beyond the competition to run traditional business servers, there's another front opening in the battle to put code that directs the operations of electronic devices of all kinds in the future business infrastructure. This is the firefight to put code in the brains of small mobile devices, where no one cares about the operating system. And here Windows 2000 and its lesser spin-offs, such as Windows CE, right now look like they are not likely to play a big role."

"Windows CE does not skate on the cutting edge. When Coollogic produced its OnChannel set-top box with a Web browser, it used a stripped-down version of Linux, not Windows, to run the box because it considers Linux more efficient."

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