Pound For Pound

Win2000 Benefits

Windows 2000 provides valuable tools for building Internet, intranet and extranet applications. It enhances security, allowing companies to encrypt data on a network or disk. Users can get access to the same files from any network-connected PC.

According to Microsoft, Windows 2000 is the most reliable OS it has delivered yet. Microsoft has added benefits for road warriors also, improving power management, peripheral support and plug-and-play functionality. Windows 2000 should be easier to manage, too, with wizards in place to perform common tasks like adding printers, etc.

Running Windows 2000 takes some power. To run the single-client Windows 2000 Professional, your system will need a 133MHz or higher Pentium-compatible CPU, 64MB RAM, and a 2GB hard drive with 650MB free.

Bottom Line

If you've ever cursed Microsoft for "taking over" the computer universe with its OS, take pleasure in knowing there are other viable options for running your company's network-specifically Linux. Still, the Windows 2000 upgrade is worth considering, especially for NT users. The bottom line: Don't upgrade if you can wait until the upgrade to Windows 2000 hits the streets.

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This article was originally published in the May 2000 print edition of Entrepreneur with the headline: Pound For Pound.

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