Win2000 Rollout Plans Draw Yawns in Botswana

While Microsoft Corp. recently announced its plan to officially launch Windows 2000 here next month, the local IT community doesn't appear to be in a state of eager anticipation.

Mark Hill, managing director of Microsoft South Africa, said in a press release that Microsoft has received tremendous feedback and contributions from the Southern African market in the development of the latest operating system.

However, the reaction of IT specialists and software dealers is lukewarm.

Part of the issue is that there have been pirated copies of the prerelease operating system in the local market for some time, according to a software dealer, so Windows 2000 "is not all that new," he said.

Furthermore, Linux is already seen as a viable alternative to the new Microsoft OS, with more informed users switching to it, said an IS professional.

Consequently, dealers don't expect to achieve landmark sales figures with Windows 2000 here.

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