Windows 2000 has been slammed as nothing more than a renamed, repackaged NT, sold at a higher price, by industry analyst Gartner Group.
In a recent report, the company said that Microsoft?s name change from Windows NT Workstation version 5 to Windows 2000 Professional, should not be confused with a technology change.
Gartner analyst Joe Barkan commented: ?We believe Microsoft changed the name to create an opportunity for further tiering of server products to raise server OS prices, which also enables Microsoft to realign the packaging of its BackOffice products to raise BackOffice prices, and to create the illusion for its enterprise Windows 95/98 installed based that Windows 2000 is the logical upgrade path in an attempt to convince business users to move to the higher priced Windows 2000 from Windows 95/98.?
Barkan also said that he finds the new name Windows 2000 very appropriate since a reasonably stable version will not ship until at least the first quarter of the Year 2000. He warned that as a result of the changes, large organisations should budget for an additional 25 per cent for new Windows 2000 server deployments compared to NTS 4.0.
?Also, organisations should expect further BackOffice repackaging and price increases tiered around Microsoft?s new server packages by the end of 2001 and should expect that other software vendors should follow suit,? the report warns.
However, Barkan?s report did have a positive side. He said that following the repackaging, Windows Advanced Server, Microsoft?s cluster server functionality will be available at a lower price.
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