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Windows 2000 ship dates slip some more

And now it can't go any further back without running into 2000 - isn't that exciting, readers?

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The ship dates of Windows 2000 Beta 3 and the finished product have both slipped some more, to April and late 99 respectively. As late as last summer Microsoft was indicating that the product would go gold in Q1 of this year, but since then it's slid to second half, and now to the end of the year. The Register did get a guarantee of Beta 3 for Thanksgiving a while back, but that came and went. Microsoft also shipped a "Release Candidate 0" for Beta 3 last month, to 1,000 testers, and said at the time Beta 3 was still on target for Q1, in February or early March. Now the company is saying the target for Beta 3 will be "in the April 1999 timeframe," which you'll note needn't exactly mean April. Ed Muth, Microsoft group manager for enterprise marketing, has meanwhile been telling the press the product's in great shape, and that "we just want to take the few extra days to put the last final touches on it." By our reckoning that few extra days looks pretty similar to two months. Microsoft had better hope its counting isn't quite as faulty when it comes to shipping the final product before 2000. ®

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