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InfoWorld: Win2000 laps business apps: Lagging applications, updates extend planning horizon

Feb 19, 2000, 18:41 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Bob Trott, Michael Lattig)

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"NOW THAT Windows 2000 is out of the blocks, corporations must wait while the rest of the Wintel software world -- and Microsoft itself -- catches up by releasing products that complement the software giant's "bet the farm" operating system.

Only about 30 applications currently can leverage all of Windows 2000's features -- particularly Active Directory (AD) -- and Microsoft's own Windows 2000-centric BackOffice family is months away from delivery. In fact, Oracle is expected to deliver Oracle8i, Release 2, this March, and IBM intends to ship DB2 for Windows 2000 within the same time frame -- a full three months ahead of Microsoft's plans to deliver SQL Server 2000.

Meanwhile, Microsoft plans to release service packs for Windows 2000 on a regular six-month basis, giving IT managers plenty of time to plan for them... These service packs, in a policy that marks a shift from NT, will no longer include new features, and administrators will be able to 'slipstream' them into their systems. The regular schedule for service packs may actually serve as an incentive for many potential users to delay upgrading to Windows 2000, particularly if corporations are heeding the advice of research companies such as the Gartner Group..."

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