Windows 2000 is the new version of the Windows operating system that Microsoft plans to release in 1999. Previously called Windows NT 5.0, Windows 2000 will be advertised as "Built on NT Technology." As a name, Windows 2000 is designed to appeal to small business and professional users as well as to the more technical and larger business market for which the NT was designed. For many Windows 95 and Windows 98 users, Windows 2000 may be regarded as the next step.
According to Microsoft, the Windows 2000 product line will consist of four products:
1) Windows 2000 Professional, aimed at individuals and businesses of all sizes. It will include security and mobile use enhancements. It will be the most economical choice.
2) Windows 2000 Server, aimed at small-to-medium size businesses. It can function as a Web server and/or a workgroup (or branch office) server. It can be part of a two-way symmetric multiprocessing (SMP) system. NT 4.0 servers can be upgraded to this server.
3) Windows 2000 Advanced Server, aimed at being a network operating system server and/or an application server, including those involving large databases. This server facilitates clustering and load-balancing. NT 4.0 servers with up to eight-way SMP can upgrade to this product.
4) Windows 2000 Datacenter Server, designed for large data warehouses, online transaction processing (OLTP), econometric analysis, and other applications requiring high-speed computation and large databases. The Datacenter Server will support up to 16-way SMP and up to 64 GB of physical memory