Survey: Win2K is Most Well-Known Microsoft Product

Windows 2000 is now the Microsoft product on which MCPs have the greatest amount of knowledge, perhaps reflecting Win2K’s growing pervasiveness in the market.

According to MCP Magazine’s annual salary survey, 81.1 percent of MCPs have expertise in Win2K, vs. 76.5 percent who are experts in NT, Win2K’s forerunner. Microsoft has claimed for some time that Win2K was making strong inroads into the enterprise but, until recently, that claim wasn’t bolstered by sales figures.

Those looking to gain an advantage in the employment marketplace may want to look at some of the less well-known products, like Commerce Server, which just 2.2 percent of respondents felt competent with, or ISA Server-a software firewall/ caching server growing in popularity-at 8.6 percent. Other Microsoft products in which few have proficiency include Application Center 2000, 1.6 percent; Content Management Server, 1.6 percent; Mobile Information Server, 0.7 percent; SharePoint Portal Server, 3.2 percent; Site Server, 4.5 percent; and SMS Server, 9.2 percent.

The well-known products include IIS, 53.5 percent; Exchange, 38.9 percent; SQL, 42.3 percent; and Proxy, 19.9 percent.

The salary survey was published in August.

About the Author

Keith Ward is the editor in chief of Visual Studio Magazine.

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Reader Comments:

Wed, Oct 23, 2002 Anonymous Canada

For the company I work for right now we have a mix of NT and W2K, but NT is still strong both on workstations and servers. There is a move to go to W2K , all new pc have W2K on them. But for the older ones its NT all the way. Technically NT works just fine , financially doesn't make sence to spend so much money to upgrade. don't get me wrong I'd love to have all new gagets, new OS new PC's but right now the mining company I work for are on hard times and upgrading over 500 PC's and about 30 servers just doesn't add up.

Wed, Oct 2, 2002 Dean Seattle

All NT users: Let go of your cozy little NT and go to w2k. Life will be better.

Tue, Oct 1, 2002 Peter Zebrowski Anonymous

I am MCSE (2000) and MCDBA (2000) certified. Both of those products are the result of many years of development at Microsoft. Windows 2000 has many more in features than NT - it does make sense to upgrade, even for a small company.

Tue, Sep 24, 2002 Tony Burrell Dallas

We switched over to Win2K on all of our work stations and it works very well. Our severs however are still NT, but we will be changing them soon. Also we have 3 XP pro stations working an no problems to report.

Tue, Sep 24, 2002 James Turner England

For small companies, the upgrade to Win2K is often not justified technically or financially and NT4 does the job OK.

Mon, Sep 23, 2002 Jimmy T Anonymous

Windows 2000 is very stable and can be trusted much more then NT4. I've never doubted it for one moment. Sql server 2000 intergrates very well with Win2000 as well. Great products Microsoft.

Mon, Sep 23, 2002 Amos Lai Malaysia

I don't think so. I know many who still prefer Windows NT than Windows 2000.

Fri, Sep 20, 2002 Delong Zhu chognqing,CN

win2k is the most powerful OS that i've ever used.And i am taking the MCSE exams recently.

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