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Windows 2000 Still Dominates Enterprises

15 June, 2005

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While the software giant Microsoft is planning to kill off Windows 2000, with the candlestick, in the library, at the end of the month, new research suggests that this will be a little dumb.

Vole is planning to end support for Windows 2000 in an effort to get users to move to Windows XP. However, according to AssetMetrix Research almost half of large corporations are still running it.

AssetMetrix said that Windows 2000 remains a widely deployed operating system, losing just four per cent since the fourth quarter of 2003.

Apparently there are still a few Windows 95 and Windows 98 in use, but collectively account for less than five per cent of corporate computer systems, down from 28 per cent two years ago.

While XP use is growing, the study suggests that Windows 2000 still plays an important part in many IT environments, with organisations often choosing Windows XP to replace Windows 98 and Windows 95.

Steve O'Halloran, managing director of AssetMetrix Research Labs said that companies were re-deploying PCs, without a policy to manage and support their operating systems. As a result Windows XP transition was being dictated by PC obsolescence rather than by intelligent planning and forecasting.

One of the reasons people donít want to change is that Windows 2000 was designed to be manageable and supportable by IT and its not having some security problems as Windows XP, he said.


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