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Employees using Windows 2000 Professional gain around two hours a week in productivity, a report claims.

The survey by Giga Information Group/Sunbelt Software found Windows 2000 Professional was up to 83 per cent more reliable than Windows 95, 80 per cent more than Windows 98, and 59 per cent more than NT Workstation 4.0.

Windows 2000 Server was also a hot favourite among the 1,200 IT professionals quizzed for the survey. It cut unnecessary server reboots by 64 per cent compared with Window NT Server 4.0.

However, the server OS did not fare so well against products from rival Unix. According to the respondents, Windows 2000 Server required 300 per cent more unnecessary reboots than Unix.

Giga analyst Laura DiDio said computer users who switched from Windows 9x/NT Workstation to Windows 2000 Professional got an average of an extra 1.8 hours of productivity time per week.

Meanwhile, companies say they were confused by clashing product releases, and therefore postponed buying the latest systems. ®

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