Microsoft claims one millionth Windows 2000 sale

Sales of Windows 2000 have hit the one million mark, less than a month after launch, putting it on a pace similar to Windows 98 acceptance, according to Microsoft.

          Sales of Windows 2000 hit the one million mark in March, less than one month after the product's Feb. 17 launch, putting it on a pace similar to Windows 98 acceptance, according to Microsoft.

          Officials at the company said Wednesday that the one million figure includes Windows 2000 Professional, Windows 2000 Server, and Windows 2000 Advanced Server sold through channel resellers, retail outlets, and PC manufacturers.

          The total does not include large corporations that have purchased licenses through Enterprise Agreements, which if factored in would push sales over the one million mark.

          "Reaching one million units so quickly is testimony to the high quality and reliability of Windows 2000," Microsoft President and CEO Steve Ballmer said in a statement. "This is a product that was built from the ground up with the help and support of customers and industry partners. It's great to see them thoroughly evaluating the platform in their environments and deploying it throughout their organisations today."

          A company spokesman also claimed that the volume of calls to the Microsoft Customer Support center has been lower than for any other operating system released by Microsoft on a per-unit-sold basis.

          Bob Trott is an InfoWorld associate news editor based in Seattle.

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