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Datacenter Server Likely to Slip Past Delivery Deadline

The mid-June delivery target for Windows 2000 Datacenter Server is approaching fast, but a key preliminary step for the high-end version of Windows 2000, the Beta 2 version, has not shipped yet.

"You can expect to see something out to OEMs this month," says Michel Gambier, product manager for Microsoft Corp.’s (www.microsoft.com) Windows 2000 enterprise marketing. "RTM of the Datacenter program is targeted for [the] summer timeframe. Everything appears to continue to be on schedule."

Microsoft first unveiled Windows 2000 Datacenter Server back in October 1998 when the company publicly revealed the name change from Windows NT 5.0 to Windows 2000. By August 1999, Microsoft had the time between the general Windows 2000 release and the Datacenter release at about 90 to 120 days. Since Windows 2000 was released in mid-February, that places Datacenter's projected arrival in mid-June. An official revision of post-120 day release date hasn’t been discussed, but it would be a surprisingly quick turnaround if Microsoft issued an RTM less than a month after releasing Beta 2.

This is especially true because Beta 2 introduces the Windows Datacenter Program, a service and support component for Windows 2000 Datacenter Server that involves rigorous system testing and tight change control requirements.

Some OEMs expected Beta 2 in March; others expected it by late April. One possible deadline for the final version could be July 13, a date Unisys Corp. (www.unisys.com) told the Transaction Performance Processing Council (www.tpc.org) that a system the company benchmarked using a prerelease version of Windows 2000 Datacenter Server would be available. -- Scott Bekker

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Scott Bekker is editor in chief of Redmond Channel Partner magazine.

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