Microsoft’s long-awaited NT upgrade has finally been released to manufacturing.
The Windows 2000 operating system will be available to the public beginning on Feb. 17.
In an interview with ZD Radio, Microsoft Platforms Group vice president Jim Allchin said that the design team accepted “no trade-offs” in quality in order to meet the release deadline.
That deadline had already slipped by a year when Microsoft officials vowed to finalize the code for manufacturing before the end of 1999.
Allchin does not claim the product will be free of flaws – in fact, he candidly admits that developing a flawless OS on the scale of Windows 2000 would be impossible – but he claims the OS meets its key goal of delivering a less crash-prone platform.