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SF Gate: Few Call Windows 2000 a Smooth Seller

Aug 28, 2000, 20:19 (24 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Kelly Zito)

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"Sales of Windows 2000, the software for running corporate computer networks and desktops, have fallen short of some analysts' expectations. And that has left some to speculate whether the company, known for setting off around-the-block lines for its consumer software, will make good on its goal to elbow its way into the high-end business market, now dominated by the likes of arch nemesis Sun Microsystems."

"Last month, the Redmond, Wash., software titan said it had sold about 3 million Windows 2000 licenses through June 30. While that figure sounds impressive, it fell roughly 20 percent short of influential Goldman Sachs analyst Rick Sherlund's benchmark for that time period... And because Microsoft didn't disclose which licenses were for desktop versions of the software and which were for servers that run corporate networks -- the market Microsoft clearly is trying to capture -- some industry watchers believe most of the licenses were for the former."

"There's no question Microsoft has 'gazillions' of units on small machines, but their real goal is to be a player on large machines," said Jeff Tarter, editor of industry newsletter Softletter. "If a lot of those units are desktop machines, that doesn't buy them anything against Sun or Linux."

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