Microsoft Corp. confirmed last week that it is aiming at an Oct. 6 official release date for its long-anticipated Windows 2000 operating system.
A spokesman said Oct. 6 has been set as a "goal, target date" that is "100% subject to review and change." That is the date engineers are pushing to hit -- not the date Microsoft is promising users it will hit.
The operating system, which formally was called Windows NT 5.0, has been on the drawing board for several years, and corporate customers have been anticipating its release for nearly that long.
As recently as several months ago, Microsoft spokesmen said Windows 2000 would ship mid-1999. Then that date was pushed back to late in 1999. However, there still is no official release date for users to count on. Microsoft officials have said they won't post an official date until they gauge the reaction they receive from the third beta.
A preliminary release of Beta 3 went out to 1,600 users two weeks ago. The official Beta 3 release is expected to ship April 21.