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ZDNet: Windows 2000 Reality Check

Sep 29, 1999, 16:24 (24 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jesse Berst)

"Back in the mid-90s, Microsoft told us the next version of Windows NT would be the Mother of All Operating Systems: Robust, stable, easier to use. Today, the story looks different: When Win2000 appears, it will be a compromise, with many promised features still missing."

"Win2000 does deliver on some key features:

  • Easier installation
  • Easier configuration
  • More reliability
  • Better security
  • Easier troubleshooting"

"The new OS falls down in other ways:

  • Networking is not necessarily easier...
  • Hardware demands are greater. (128 MB RAM, 300 MHz CPU or faster)...
  • Interoperability concerns over security and directory synchronization...
  • Unfriendly to power users...
  • Benefits will be slow to arrive...
  • Bound to be buggy with 60 million lines of code."

"Like a radar detector, it pays to listen to the warning signs. Don't be in a hurry to get to Win2000."

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