Upcoming Windows server software gets a name

The announcement was made at technology research firm Gartner Group's annual Windows conference. Gartner analysts, including John Enck, research director of server strategy, said they expected Microsoft to release the product at the end of 2001, in line with the software maker's earlier predictions.

Gartner analyst Tom Bittman, who followed the announcement with a session on Microsoft's future plans for all its core business segments from the Xbox gaming console to Windows circa 2006, called Windows 2002 a "minor release."

Windows 2002, the software that Microsoft will offer to business customers to run large servers and data centres, shared the same code name as Windows XP, the operating system that Microsoft is developing for desktop computers. Both were known as Whistler.

Much of the buzz at Gartner's conference focussed on what Windows 2002 will mean for corporate customers, but the research group predicted that by the end of 2002, more than 40 per cent of the operating systems running on the Windows NT kernel -- which is the same code base used in Windows XP -- will be aimed at consumers.

Windows XP, which formally earned its name -- short for "experience" -- in February, is also slated for a late-2001 release. Media reports Monday that the company would be late on the release surfaced after a Giga Information Group analyst was quoted as being sceptical about a 2001 release.

Bittman said later Monday that Gartner is sticking to its estimate of an end-of-the-year release. "We don't think they're slipping," he said.

He said that while the packaged, retail version of Windows XP could face delays, Microsoft is committed to shipping the software to manufacturers to be pre-installed on PCs in time for the holiday shopping season.

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Matt Berger

PC World

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