"While the company's dominance in operating systems galvanizes
competitors and government trustbusters, more than a third of the
company's revenue comes from desktop applications, primarily
various versions of the Office suite."
"But Thursday's unexpected profit warning from the software
giant underscores a chilling reality: Office 2000 sales aren't
taking off as expected, being dragged down by
slower-than-anticipated adoption of Windows 2000...."
"Before Windows 2000 was launched in February, Gartner
projected that 15 percent to 20 percent of Windows 95, Windows 98
and Windows NT desktops would be converted to the newer version by
the end of the year. The market researcher now expects a conversion
rate of less than 10 percent."