Hardware, Software Vendors Support Windows 2000
- By Scott Bekker
Microsoft is garnering support for Windows 2000, both the final version and the third beta. According to reports, hardware OEM’s will preinstall beta 3 on some of their systems, and next week at Spring Comdex in Chicago, when beta 3 is announced, more than 75 ISVs will announce support for the pending operating system.
"Microsoft is thrilled with the breadth and volume of exciting innovation taking place on the Windows platform, thanks to our ISV partners," says Brian Valentine, Windows 2000 vice president at Microsoft. "Applications designed for Windows 2000 will deliver the highest reliability and manageability ever seen on the Windows platform."
Leading ISVs are creating business applications for accounting, commerce, construction, customer management, data warehousing, document management, energy, engineering, enterprise resource planning, financial services, health care, hospitality, insurance, legal, justice and public safety, and property management, retail, supply chain and utilities industries.
Customers can obtain the latest information about their ISV's software from the new Application Catalog for the Windows 2000 Web site. This catalog, available with the release of beta 3 later this month, is part of the previously announced Windows 2000 Readiness Program for Applications.
The catalog will be the source for information on Windows 2000-based applications including product descriptions, the level of the product's compatibility with Windows 2000, links to company Web sites, and any available support information.
Customers will be able to see the status of their applications based on the following three levels of ISV commitment:
- Windows 2000 "Ready" indicates that the product has been tested to ensure compatibility with the Windows 2000 platform.
- Windows 2000 "Gold" indicates that the product has been tested by an independent testing organization to take advantage of key features in Windows 2000, as defined by the Microsoft Windows 2000-based Application Specification.
- Windows 2000 "Planned/Ready" or "Planned/Gold" indicates that the product is intended to achieve one of the levels listed above, once the product is fully tested.
-- Thomas Sullivan, Senior Reporter/Northwest Correspondent
Scott Bekker is editor in chief of Redmond Channel Partner magazine.