Linux takes over NetWare as the #2 Server OS
Some interesting numbers from IDC. Last year, in terms of new
licenses shipped, Linux overtook NetWare. That is no wonder of
course. Novell (and SCO Unix too) have lost the commitment of
their resellers and OEM's to a very large degree. These are now
all mainly installing Linux and NT/2000 for their customers.
IDC forecasts that Linux will grow fast, but will stay so small
that MS will not lose any sleep over it. IDC just came out with
its new "Server Operating Environments Market Forecast and
They predict that Linux shipments will grow at 28% and revenue
will grow at a compound annual rate of 23%. The unit volume of
all OSes together will increase 17%. But if you look a little
closer at these numbers, the conclusion is that Linux server
revenues in 2004 will be only around $85 million. And MS makes
that kind of money in just a couple of days.
MS casts its .NET spells on Analysts
Last Thursday MS tried to explain their new .NET magic to the
financial analysts who had traveled to the Redmond Mountain.
In a nutshell, MS spun a story about the Internet in a few years
from now, where people do not buy software, they rent it. (I
warned about this in NTools E-News - June 12, 1999)
MS was painting a picture of the transition from the old client/
server model to the 'New Net World' where the platform is the
Internet. Here, everything talks to everything else and often
via the ether with the XML language as the chief Wizard.
What MS really is planning to do is breaking up all their software
in small modules, that you can use on whatever device you happen
to have around. No more monolithic Office applications, no more
BackOffice bundles that you buy all-in-one. You only rent the
stuff you need. That means MS-Word could shrink to normal size
again. That would be a relief, except for the monthly fees.
Money wise, it looks like they are going by something like rental
fees that are so low that you pay in 2 years what you otherwise
would pay to buy the software outright. After that 2 years they
will start to make out. The software you rent would blur the
distinction between stuff running on the desktop, the server
or anywhere on the Internet, via some sort of Browser on steroids.
Sounds like this dream may take a while to materialize. I'm
wondering about the time it will take to go from NT to .NET.
Tempest of Outlook Security Fixes
Microsoft has released a tempest of fixes for Outlook and Outlook
Express in the last couple of weeks. There are too many to mention.
If you are deploying Outlook in your corporate environment, it is
a very good idea to regularly check the following site:
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Microsoft tries to woo Novell NDS customers
MS released last Wednesday Microsoft Metadirectory Services 2.2.
If you are running multiple directories in your enterprise,
MMS is a tool that makes it easier to manage those. It also
simplifies the deployment of Active Directory. But this thing
is aimed straight at loosening up the hold that NDS has on
What MMS does, is extend the network management capabilities
of Active Directory across multiple types of directories. If
you have information about your employees, customers, systems
and resources, MMS enables real-time synchronization of directory
information into Active Directory.
The next step that MS envisions is that you use AD primarily,
and in the long run phase out NDS or other directories. It's
going to take a while as NDS has about 5 years head start on
AD and is better developed. AD still needs some work to be up
to par with NDS. I'm being mild here. But over time MS will
catch up, and third party tools will certainly come to help.
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