Windows 2000 At One Year

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Nonetheless, the stability of Windows 2000 is an improvement on NT 4 and a big leap over Windows 98 on the desktop, users say. And that, for some users, is reason enough to move forward.

Windows 2000 Time Line:

Since the launch of Windows 2000 in February last year, Microsoft has been busy introducing and announcing a host of new products that extend and build on the new operating system.

April 1999

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Windows 2000 Professional Beta 3

February 2000

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Windows 2000 Professional: workstation

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Windows 2000 Server: entry-level server; introduces Active Directory

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Windows 2000 Advanced Server: clustering and multiprocessing support

August 2000

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Exchange 2000 Server: messaging and collaboration, first application to require Windows 2000 and Active Directory

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SQL Server 2000: with XML support

September 2000

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Windows 2000 Datacenter Server: enterprise level, with multiprocessing, clustering and load balancing; sold only by server vendors

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Windows 2000 Service Pack 1

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Host Integration Server 2000: integration with older host systems

November 2000

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Commerce Server 2000: online business applications

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SQL Server 2000, Windows CE

December 2000

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Whistler Beta 1; next major release of Windows 2000; end of Win9x line; introduction of new 64-bit version

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BizTalk Server 2000: XML-based business processes

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Internet Security and Acceleration Server 2000: Firewall, Web caching Q1 2001

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Application Center Server 2000: Application scalability, redundancy

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SharePoint Portal Server: Document management

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Whistler renamed Windows XP Q2 2001

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Mobile Information 2001 Server: wireless access 2nd half 2001

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Windows XP is scheduled to ship

Copyright © 2001 IDG Communications, Inc.

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