MS to celebrate 1-millionth license of Windows 2000

Microsoft expects to mark next week's one-year anniversary of the launch of Windows 2000 by selling the 1-millionth license for the server operating system.

          Microsoft expects to mark next week's one-year anniversary of the launch of Windows 2000 by selling the 1-millionth license for the server operating system.

          Pete Conway, director of large enterprise servers in Microsoft's Windows Business Division, said the pace of Windows 2000 sales has "pleasantly surprised" the Redmond, Wash.-based company since it was released last Feb. 17.

          The predecessor to Windows 2000, Windows NT 4.0, did not reach the 1 million licenses mark until 17 months after it was released, Conway said.

          "We're incredibly excited," Conway said. "This is the fastest rate of adoption we have ever had for a server operating system platform. We should easily eclipse the 1 million server licenses mark by the anniversary date."

          Microsoft pointed to an internal survey it conducted of Windows 2000 users which found they are seeing total cost of ownership savings of 5% to 30%. The study, which Microsoft said was audited by a Giga Information Group consultant, found that larger companies are expecting, on average, a net bottom-line benefit of $US8 million over three years, Microsoft claimed.

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