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CNET News.com: Windows 2000 sales figures only tell part of story; MS marketing 'train wreck'

Feb 08, 2001, 17:10 (28 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Mary Jo Foley)

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"...Active Directory has been such a bear to implement that very few Windows 2000 Server customers are using it. "For the great unwashed masses in the middle, there are no immediate plans to deploy Active Directory," said Giga Information Group analyst Laura DiDio. Meanwhile, the uptake of Windows 2000 Datacenter Server is thought to be very modest, with sales numbering in the low hundreds, according to sources close to the company. ... Datacenter is sold only as a pre-configured, pre-certified hardware-software package from a handful of server makers, most of which resell Unisys hardware under their own brand names."

"On the plus side, Datacenter can scale to run on 32-processor Intel systems, allowing Microsoft and its partners to pitch it as a system with mainframe-level reliability. "Customers either love the lockdown, because they know it's certified and ensured, or they hate it, and they decide to go with Advanced Server, instead," said an executive with a Microsoft systems-integration partner, who spoke on the condition of anonymity."

"In the end, Microsoft's biggest Windows 2000 competition may turn out to be its own products, namely its Windows 2000 successors, Windows XP (formerly code-named Whistler) and the first Microsoft.Net release, code-named Blackcomb. ... "Windows 2000 is colliding with Whistler (Windows XP), which is colliding with .Net," said Giga analyst DiDio. "It's a huge train wreck that's creating confusion out there."

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