WinHEC'99: Win2000 'Harder than we thought'

Microsoft admitted yesterday that it has been struggling with its upcoming Windows 2000 operating system but maintained that it will ship this year. 'The last two WinHECs, we stood up here and talked about Windows 2000,' Microsoft VP Brian Valentine said. 'This was harder than we thought ... It's not a project out of control. It's a project that's going to get done this year.'

Microsoft admitted yesterday that it has been struggling with its upcoming Windows 2000 operating system but maintained that it will ship this year.

Speaking at the company's annual Windows Hardware Engineering Conference (WinHEC) here, Brian Valentine, Microsoft's vice president of the Windows operating systems division, said Windows 2000 is on schedule.

However, he didn't give details of what that schedule actually is.

"The last two WinHECs, we stood up here and talked about Windows 2000," Valentine said. "This [Windows 2000] was harder than we thought.... It's not a project out of control. It's a project that's going to get done this year."

The beta version of Windows 2000 is slated to ship to corporate and other testers April 21, according to Valentine's documentation. Although Valentine would only say that it was expected in April, a slide presentation spotlighted April 21.

Valentine said Microsoft has 49 customers lined up to put Beta 3 into production this month. He said that on April 9, Microsoft itself will roll it out to handle logons and domains for the Redmond, Wash., operation.

Valentine wouldn't say when he expects the final version of Windows 2000 to ship but said it will be this year. Computerworld earlier this week reported that a source inside Microsoft confirmed that the company is targeting October for a release.

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