Windows NT 5.0 Renamed

Standard Microsoft procedure - if the product is getting bad press, rename it.

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Microsoft has decided to end the Windows NT name. NT 5.0 will be called Windows 2000. Why was this done so far ahead of release? Our opinion is there were desperate to distance themselves from the NetWare 5.0 vs NT 5.0 comparison. This was definitely hurting, because Novell got their 5.0 out in September, and Microsoft has no idea when theirs will ship. Further, NetWare 5.0 is getting lots of publicity and excellent reviews.

Additionally, the new name tends to obscure the fact that NT 5.0 is years late. By naming NT "2000" Microsoft implies it will be a leap into the next century rather than just catch up to NetWare. Everyone is already using the abbreviation W2K, uncomfortably suggestive of Y2K.

Now, what are all those magazines and newsletters that named themselves NT This, and NT That going to do?

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