Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 23rd Jun 2006 21:26 UTC
Microsoft Linux isn't a threat to Windows on the desktop and is losing steam on the server as customers separate the operating system from the development model, according to Microsoft's chief platform strategist. Bill Hilf, general manager of competitive strategy at Microsoft, said pundits have predicted for years that Linux will gain momentum on the desktop, but that won't happen because of the complexity involved in delivering a tightly integrated and tested desktop product.
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"They suggested you rebuilt Win2k domains from scratch."

Of course they did, and they provided a usually-sufficient migration process. Moving to Active Directory and fixing the shortcomings of the previous implementation is one of the most important things they have done for Windows Server. It was easier done with W2K than if they were to try it now. In fact, if they hadn't revamped many of things with NT5, it could have ended up as an OS/2 in the server world (left in the dust by Internet-generation operating systems).

NT4 should be nothing but a note in history. May it rest in peace, I hope to never touch it again. I am sorry for anyone who still has to deal with it.

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