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Sunbelt W2Knews™ Electronic Newsletter
The secret of those "who always seem to know" - Over 500,000 Readers!
Wed, Feb 9, 2000
Hourly News from W2K Expo
  This issue of W2Knews™ contains:
1) SEARCHNT.COM RENAMED TO SEARCHWIN2000.COM
2) FREE HALF-DAY WINDOWS 2000 DEPLOYMENT WORKSHOP
3) NT AND W98 MERGER PLAN CHANGES AGAIN
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Hi NT-ers,

Here are three short items that we did not have space for in
the newsletter last Monday, but the first two needed to get 
out quickly for (your) time/planning reasons. Coming Monday 
you'll get a full NTools E-News again! 

Warm regards,

Stu Sjouwerman
Email me at 
[email protected]
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1) SEARCHNT.COM RENAMED TO SEARCHWIN2000.COM

If you're not planning on being at the Windows 2000 Expo and 
want to stay informed, SearchWin2000.com (formerly SearchNT.com) 
is your ticket. SearchWin2000.com is bringing you the most com-
prehensive coverage around. They have a totally Pro editorial 
team, led by former Computerworld editor-in-chief, Paul Gillin, 
and they will be reporting directly from the Windows 2000 Expo: 
news, new product announcements and highlights of key sessions.

They will post all of this exciting news on SearchWin2000.com, 
which will be updated hourly, in their special Expo section and 
delivered through their daily news emails. So if you not yet 
registered for their daily news emails now is the time to sign 
up, absolutely free at http://www.searchnt.com

And on February 14, SearchNT.com will officially be renamed to
SearchWin2000.com to coincide with Microsoft's launch of Win2K.
Like I said a few weeks ago, SearchWin2000.com is the Web's 
Windows NT/2000-specific portal - a great source for practical
info on both NT and Windows 2000. I like this site a lot, and 
it gets better every week.

SearchWin2000.com will continue to bring you the same NT and 
2000-specific news, editorial insight, technical tips and special-
ized search capabilities that you have come to rely on from 
SearchNT.com. I suggest you register (free) right away for the 
daily news emails and don't be left in the dark on what's going 
on at the Windows 2000 Expo at http://www.SearchNT.com and 
receive that useful Free Report: Tips and Hints for Migrating 
to Windows 2000.
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2) FREE HALF-DAY WINDOWS 2000 DEPLOYMENT WORKSHOP

Fastlane Enterprise Directory Management Solution Series:
In 75 Cities across North America and Europe

With the upcoming launch of Microsoft Windows 2000, you won?t 
want to miss FastLane's latest workshop: Plan and Implement A 
Successful Windows 2000 Deployment. In a half-day you?ll receive 
a field-tested and proven, step-by-step approach that enables 
you to remove many of the ?time-to-benefit? barriers, achieve 
a lower total cost of ownership, and deliver a higher return 
on your Windows 2000 investment. 

In these workshops, the following topics are discussed:

* Dramatically shorten time to Windows 2000 benefits
* Receive a tested and proven five-phase plan for W2K roll-outs
* Develop an effective policy and security enforcement initiative
* Ensure a smooth upgrade that minimizes disruption to end-users
and Help Desk personnel
* See a live demo of a migration to Windows 2000
* Learn how to consolidate file and print servers
* Get practical, no-nonsense information for planning a complex 
domain reconfiguration project
* Anticipate and eliminate key issues and challenges at each 
stage of your Windows 2000 deployment

Workshops are being held in locations across North America, 
starting February 9th, and in Europe, starting March 14th, 2000. 

For more info or to register in North America go to
http://www.fastlane.com/index.cfm?oa=sb1_0001a
Or call toll free 1-877-809-2202. 

Outside North America go to 
http://www.fastlaneglobal.com/email01.cfm?oa=sb1_0001a
Or call +44 (0) 1752 301772
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3) NT AND W98 MERGER PLAN CHANGES AGAIN

Bill G's plans were always to merge the W95/98 and NT code, but
the backward compatibility problems with that made them decide
in 1999 to wait a few years. Now the situation has turned around
again and a new project called 'Whistler' is on its way. It is 
due out in 2001, and will merge Microsoft's consumer desktop, 
which is Windows 9x-based, with its business desktop, which will 
be Windows 2000-based.

This combined O/S will still have different flavors (for business 
and consumers) but they will be built on the same kernel. This of
course makes it a lot easier to control the process of updates and
upgrades. More over, applications only need to be compiled and
verified just _once_ so this makes MS much more efficient. 

One wonders a bit if merging these two Operating Systems was pushed
to the front burner to create a barrier against splitting MS up in
separate businesses, one for W95/98 and the other for NT/2000.
I will keep you up to date on the further developments.

That's all for the moment!

Warm regards,

Stu Sjouwerman

(email me with feedback: [email protected])