Microsoft this week finally announced that it is rechristening the upcoming and long-awaited Windows NT 5.0, which will now be called Windows 2000, in order to more clearly pitch the operating system to mainstream business users.
The name change means that what has been referred to as Windows NT Workstation 5.0 will now be called Windows 2000 Professional, while Windows NT Server 5.0 becomes Windows 2000 Server. The vendor also said it will attach a "Built on Windows NT technology" label on products that work with Windows 2000.
The software giant also announced various flavours of the server product line, tailored to different slices of the market: Windows 2000 Server, Windows 2000 Advanced Server and Windows 2000 Datacenter Server.
Details of the server naming conventions include:
--Windows 2000 Advanced Server, which has been known up to now as Windows NT Server 5.0 Enterprise Edition;--Windows 2000 Datacenter Server, a brand new flavour of NT, which will be designed as the most robust server operating system offered by Microsoft, supporting up to 16-way SMP (symmetric multiprocessing) and up to 64GB of physical memory.
And to avert panic among current Windows users, Microsoft said that Windows NT 4.0 and Windows 98 products will keep their current names.