trusts mission-critical app to Windows 2000 beta will run Windows 2000 beta code on an eight-way cluster for a mission-critical fulfilment application from this Christmas.'s CIO, Gary King, said the company expects its biggest holiday season ever and will use a cluster of servers from Compaq running Windows 2000 Advanced Server. The system previously ran on Windows NT 4.0 and Hewlett-Packard's HP-UX.

Microsoft will detail's early adoption of Windows 2000 this week at Comdex/Fall '99 in Las Vegas. has long had a close relationship with Microsoft, and King said that enabled the companies to perform extensive testing. "It will support the mission-critical application we designed it to run," King said.

The application is written with Visual Basic COM components, but King said Windows 2000's tight integration of Microsoft Message Queue Servermessaging middleware will provide the high performance throughput the application needs.

Windows 2000 is scheduled to debut Feburary 17. Microsoft has already settled on what it believes will be the final code but is still performing final tests with beta users.

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