Stories by Bob Trott and Tom Sullivan

Interview: Microsoft's Ballmer eyes storming the enterprise

In the tiny, cramped dressing room named for Jerry Garcia in the bowels of San Francisco's Warfield Theatre, Microsoft president and CEO Steve Ballmer looks like the proverbial caged lion. At Microsoft's Enterprise Server 2000 launch event recently, Ballmer positively roared that the software giant, which enjoys a desktop monopoly so vast a federal judge branded it illegal, is ready to ride Windows into the heart of the enterprise. With the release of Windows 2000 in February, and the release of Windows 2000 Datacenter, the company appears poised to make good on the promises to prove the operating system high-end ready.