Dell to Help Corporate Migration to Windows 2000
- By Scott Bekker
Dell Computer Corp. today announced the Windows 2000 Premier Migration Program, designed to help corporate customers migrate their computing environments to the next-generation operating system. The initiative is the result of a close working relationship between Dell and Microsoft Corp.
Joint Dell and Microsoft resources for this program focus on three main areas: determining parameters for legacy hardware support of Windows 2000; identifying minimum future hardware support requirements for Dell customers; and creating device-driver support for Dell systems shipping with the operating system. In addition, Dell has developed an internal Windows 2000 beta program, running portions of its own business on the new operating system.
"Individual customers will ultimately choose the speed at which they migrate to this next-generation operating system. Dell is committed to the direct approach of providing all customers the right tools and education to help them make informed decisions on where, when and how to deploy Windows 2000," says Carl Everett, senior vice president, Dell Personal Systems Group.
The Premier Migration Program emphasizes Windows NT 4.0 deployment as a stepping stone to Windows 2000, and offers customers direct access to information about Windows 2000 software, backed by technical support.
"We are delighted that Dell is rolling out their Windows Premier Customer 2000 Migration Program to help our mutual business customers prepare for Windows 2000," says Jim Allchin, Microsoft's senior vice president of the personal and business systems group. "We look forward to continuing our work with Dell to provide their customers the benefits of Windows NT Workstation 4.0 today, as well the smoothest migration path to Windows 2000 Professional." --Brian Ploskina, Assistant Editor
Scott Bekker is editor in chief of Redmond Channel Partner magazine.