Microsoft last week released prices for its Windows 2000 family of products for its resellers and large customers, marking yet another attempt to shore up support for the much-hyped suite.
The most noticeable revelation was that prices for Windows 2000 Advanced Server essentially remain the same as for Windows NT Workstation 4.0.
Microsoft claimed the price increases on Windows 2000 Server were justified by the addition of Active Directory, policy based management, Internet Information Server 5.0, Kerberos-based security and Web application services.
Prices for Windows 2000 DataCentre Server will be announced at a later date.
Low-priced upgrades for Windows 95/98 will be available.
Microsoft also claims to have simplified the licensing program for the Windows 2000 server family, moving from the "complex" Client Access License (CAL) arrangements in to an "authenticated user" model.
Win 2K price information
Windows 2000 Professional $539
Windows 2000 Professional Upgrade from Windows 95 or Windows 98 (New) $379Windows 2000 Professional Upgrade from Windows NT Workstation $259Windows 2000 Server with 10 CALs $1939Windows 2000 Server with 10 CALs Upgrade from Windows NT Server $949Windows 2000 Advanced Server with 25 CALs $6499Windows 2000 Advanced Server with 25 CALs Upgrade from Windows NT Server Enterprise Edition $3179