"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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