Dell corporate users in Europe will soon get a taster of Windows 2000, before Microsoft has even announced a release date for the operating system.
The company will ship systems preloaded with the latest beta version of Windows 2000, beta 3, previously known as Windows NT Workstation 5.0, to a small number of US corporate customers over the next few weeks.
However, Dell has a far bigger beta project planned for Europe. Charlie Tebbs, European marketing manager for Dell Precision Workstations, commented: ?We?re going to make it as widely available as possible.?
He said that the project is part of Dell?s Premier Migration Programme, which is aimed at facilitating the move to Windows 2000 and helping customers to protect their hardware investments.
?We want to give our customers confidence that when they buy Windows 2000 on Dell systems, it will work as well as any other OS,? Tebbs said.
He added that he had already noted benefits from running the OS on workstations. ?There?s an increase in reliability, scalability and performance. The improvements in all these areas we can see already in the beta.?
Tebbs was, however, unable to say exactly when the preloaded systems would be shipped in Europe. ?We?re working with Microsoft on the timing,? he commented.
Industry analysts said that shipping preloaded beta software on systems is unusual. Corporate users would normally download betas from the Internet for their own testing.
Gartner Group has predicted that the full version of Windows 2000 will not ship until the first half of 2000.
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