Microsoft Readies Exchange 2000

Microsoft put another piece of its enterprise server puzzle in place Thursday when it released Exchange 2000 to manufacturing.

Company officials signed off on Build 4417.5 of the server messaging platform at 9:19 a.m. PST, a source close to the company said. Microsoft representatives confirmed that Exchange 2000 had been released to manufacturing.

Originally expected to be available to customers in August, Exchange 2000 now is part of the Redmond, Wash.-based company's "Enterprise 2000" rollout, scheduled for Sept. 26 in San Francisco.

At that event, Microsoft President and Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer will detail all seven of the company's enterprise servers: SQL Server 2000, Exchange 2000 Server, Application Center 2000, Host Integration Server 2000, Internet Security and Acceleration Server 2000, Commerce Server 2000, and BizTalk Server 2000. Most of those products either will be available in the channels or will have been released to manufacturing, by Sept. 26.

Some analysts have stated that many customers have been waiting for the servers to be released before they undertake the deployment of Windows 2000, which shipped back in February.

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