Dear Windows-Help.NET Subscriber,
According to Microsoft president Steve Ballmer, Microsoft isn't going to rush Windows 2000. Asked after his public appearance at Gartner Group's Symposium/ITxpo, he commented "The feedback we're getting from customers is quite good. We're going to take our time and make sure the thing is absolutely, positively right."
Windows 2000 Release Candidate 3 is expected to ship on the 26th of this month, while RTM (Release To Manufacturing) is (still) scheduled for the 17th of November.
This will mean that Windows 2000 won't make it to the shelf before somewhere in January/February 2000.
When a product hits RTM, a lot must be done to prepare it for public consumption. CDs must be pressed, manuals printed, packaging prepared, etc. You may recall that Windows 98 hit RTM on the 15th of May 1998, and that it took a month and a half to be available for consumers. That gives you some indication of the time Windows 2000 is likely to take. Windows 2000 is an order of multitude larger then Windows 98, and also comes in multiple versions. So expect to see Windows 2000 arrive somewhere in January/February 2000.
Earlier this week, Gartner released its estimate that more than 70 percent of servers will not be upgraded until the second release of Windows 2000, slated for late next year. Many companies will never install a "point blank" release on their mission-critical servers.
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