Microsoft NZ gears up for Q4 Windows 2000 release

Even though Microsoft won't name a ship date for Windows 2000, the wheels are in motion locally for a Q4 release. At Microsoft New Zealand's official announcement yesterday of Windows 2000 Beta 3, the company promised that 'many hundreds' of Zealanders would be trained before launch day and said that names of New Zealand companies involved in the Windows 2000 Rapid Deployment Plan would be announced 'soon'.

Even though Microsoft won't name a ship date for Windows 2000, the wheels are in motion locally for a Q4 release.

At Microsoft New Zealand's official announcement yesterday of Windows 2000 Beta 3, corporate marketing manager Ross Peat said the "Windows 2000 journey is at last nearing its end. This is the last milestone before we ship in Q4."

Peat said Microsoft was still shipping 1000 units of Windows NT4 Server each quarter, and New Zealand customers had access to about 1000 Microsoft certified professionals.

Those professionals will be targeted with New Zealand's slice of a $US40 million Windows 200 training budget announced by Microsoft. Business systems marketing manager Guy Haycock said "many hundreds" of New Zealanders would be trained before launch day. The company's chief trainer is in the US now being briefed.

Other milestones signalled at yesterday's briefing were the release next month of a Corporate Preview of the new OS, based on Beta 3, and the promise from Haycock of some local names "soon" for Microsoft's Rapid Deployment Plan.

Customers can order Beta 3 via Corporate Preview Program at the Microsoft New Zealand Website (http://www.microsoft.co.nz) for $149 including GST and handling.

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