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ComputerWorld: Microsoft's goal: clean Windows

Feb 05, 2000, 00:07 (6 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Kim S. Nash, Dominique Deckmyn)

"According to an exclusive Computerworld survey of 102 Microsoft customers, the No. 1 benefit users hope to get from Windows 2000 is stability. Yet if these information technology folks don't install the operating system right away, the overwhelming reason will be because they doubt the stability of Version 1.0.

'Microsoft has to earn the trust of large IT organizations,' said Michael Gartenberg, an analyst at Gartner Group Inc. in Stamford, Conn. 'A lot (of deployment decisions are) riding on how reports come back in after (Windows 2000) rolls out.' "

"Gartner, meanwhile, has reversed its previous advice to delay deploying Windows 2000 and now says users can go right ahead, said Gartner analyst Michael Silver."

"Still, Silver advised caution. It's safe to install Windows 2000 immediately, he said, but users should hold off on new, complicated features such as Active Directory. For that, he said, wait for the first or second Service Pack... The first is due in June."

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