Microsoft acknowledges Windows NT is not as robust as some other operating systems but plans to change this during the next few years, said a company official at the WebIT 97 conference here this week.
"We would not argue that NT solves everybody's problems. We know there's a lot of work to do," said Anthony J. Bay, general manager of Microsoft's Internet Servers Business Unit.
By the year 2000 or shortly afterward, there will be few business applications that do not run on NT, as the product is fitted with new functionality such as 64-bit processing, he said.
NT is being embraced by multiple vendors, he said. "Most companies, except Sun [Microsystems] . . . are doing something on NT," Bay said.
As per the vision of chairman Bill Gates, the company is focusing on two themes: the "digital nervous system," which emphasises the availability of information, and the "Web lifestyle," for Web access to data, Bay said.
To leverage the strengths of other vendors, Microsoft will partner with companies, such as with Cisco on network directory standardisation, Bay said.