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Forbes: Microsoft Machinations and Windows 2000

Feb 07, 2000, 21:56 (13 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by John C. Dvorak)

"...there are still concerns about Windows 2000. Its upcoming launch may be the underlying reason for the Ballmer promotion. It seems more and more apparent as test results slowly come in that Windows 2000 might become a headache for the company. There are two stories on The Street that may emerge in the weeks ahead. First, a well-known Wall Street Journal columnist installed Windows 2000 on his system and it trashed his computer. I don't know the details, but it appears to have been an attempt to upgrade an older machine. He made a fuss with Microsoft over his problems and it's possible that a negative review will follow.

Word has gotten around and other daily news reporters, who were designated by the company to review the product under non-disclosure agreements, were contacted by the PR minions of Microsoft. One writer for a major New York daily was warned not to upgrade and Microsoft suggested to him that they provide him with a complete machine with Windows 2000 pre-loaded by the company. It is becoming more and more apparent that upgrading to Windows 2000 is not to be taken lightly."

"To confuse matters more Microsoft seems intent on producing two new operating systems, including something called Windows ME (Millennium Edition), which is the real upgrade to Windows 98 for those users of older clunkers and game players worried about compatibility. To me, this indicates the company is concerned about something in regards to Windows2000. Why release another upgrade to Windows98 on the side if Windows2000 is perfect?"

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