Win 2k Service Pack Beta: No Major Bugs

BOSTON (05/20/2000) - Service Pack 1 (SP1) is expected to be released this summer, but a beta version has been posted on Microsoft Corp.'s developers-only MSDN Web site. SP1 fixes "some IP stack issues, some security issues, some memory leaks - nothing earth-shattering," said William Hurley, an analyst at The Yankee Group in Boston. "That increases confidence," he said, because it shows that no major bugs have emerged since the operating system's launch in February.

But some users said they are still in no hurry to roll out Windows 2000. "SP1 is a good first step, but it will probably be another year until we move our servers or workstations," said Brad VonRaesfeld, supervisor of network services at Sola Optical USA in Petaluma, California. "I don't see the justification right now."

SP1 is an important psychological milestone, said Steve Kleynhans, an analyst at Meta Group Inc. in Toronto. "Everybody has been saying, ‘Don't install Windows 2000 before the service pack,'" he said. With SP1, Kleynhans said he expects an uptick in Windows 2000 adoption around August.

"I think this will open the door for a lot of people to implement Windows 2000," agreed Tony Iams, an analyst at D.H. Brown Associates Inc. in Port Chester, New York.

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