Dear Windows-Help.NET Subscriber,
According to sources, the release of the next beta (Beta 2) of Windows XP (formerly "Whistler") has slipped by two weeks, and is now expected by mid-March. Microsoft has earned itself a notorious reputation over the years for missing its release targets, so it looks as it will be "Business as usual" with Windows XP, although currently it is not expected that the final release will slip.
Microsoft has scheduled Windows XP to be released in time for the Holiday 2001 selling period, which means that Windows XP should be released to manufacturing (RTM) around June.
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Microsoft Announces Availability of Small Business Server 2000
This week Microsoft announced the general availability of Microsoft® Small Business Server 2000, the third-generation version of its networking solution designed specifically to address the needs of small businesses with 50 or fewer PCs. Small Business Server 2000 includes the Windows® 2000 Server operating system and the Windows 2000 generation of Microsoft .NET Server solutions for e-mail, fax, database and secure shared Internet connections.
Small Business Server 2000 includes a single, integrated setup and centralized management across all of its component applications, essentially simplifying deployment and the complete use of the server's rich functionality into a unified solution. Controls that monitor server status and alleviate user error set new standards for ensuring consistent system uptime and increasing overall productivity. In addition, Small Business Server 2000 offers tools to facilitate a high-quality service relationship between the small business and its technology provider, with proactive system monitoring and remote administration.
"Small-business owners and their technology providers have told us that they need a Windows-based networking solution that allows them to operate efficiently and effectively in today's rapidly changing marketplace, which includes an increasingly mobile workforce and demanding customer base," said Brian Valentine, senior vice president of the Windows Division at Microsoft.