Microsoft last week set 21 April as the target date for shipping the third beta of Windows 2000.
Sources close to the company confirmed that the code is now feature complete and, from this point forward, all work on the product will be focused on eliminating bugs, streamlining code and ironing out performance wrinkles.
Last week, we reported that the current beta was compatible with only about 60% of applications. Microsoft hopes to improve this considerably before Beta 3 ships.
David Weekes, Windows product manager at Microsoft UK, told PC Week : "It's too early to say what kind of compatibility users can expect in Beta 3. Obviously, we are putting the product out to test so that users can let us know about any problems that still exist." When asked if NT users can confidently expect to run all of their existing applications on Windows 2000, Weeks said: "We are striving to provide that compatibility but there may be some issues with older applications."
Lee Elliot is senior projects officer (technical) for the London Borough of Barnet and is responsible for the technical design and implementation of new systems in an environment which already has over 1,000 PCs in use.
Commenting on Windows 2000, he told PC Week:: "I think making an operating system larger and more complex is asking for trouble - it would be asking for trouble even if Windows 2000 was being developed by an organisation that had an impeccable record for product quality - but Microsoft is developing it."
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