Windows 2000 and a history plagued with notoriety | Digital Trends Spanish


Excessive for home users, insufficient for business users. The expectations that Microsoft placed in Windows 2000, its operating system released on February 17, 2000, seem to have become the burden that it has had to carry throughout its history.

Just three days before its launch, Microsoft claimed that Windows 2000 would offer a “high level of reliability.” However, tech journalist Mary Jo Foley ruined the party for them: she leaked a memo stating that the operating system had more than 63,000 potential flaws.

From then on, the road was uphill. And although time proved that it was a highly reliable operating system, its initial difficulties were recorded in the collective unconscious.

Windows 2000: a problem of expectations

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One of the main difficulties that Windows 2000 had to face were the expectations, both assigned by users and by those that Microsoft itself placed on their shoulders. Strictly speaking, Windows 2000 was a direct successor to Windows NT 4.0, the enterprise operating system for workstations and network servers.

A home edition of Windows 2000, codenamed Neptune, was originally planned but was never released and virtually all of its features came with Windows XP. However, given the functionalities of Windows 2000 for the professional environment, one of its four versions (Professional) was widely used in home computers.

As if that were not enough, Windows 2000 also had to face the proliferation of computer worms associated with the new techniques of the hackerssuch as Code Red, Code Red 2, Sobig, and Blaster, which infected millions of computers around the world.

Microsoft was able to overcome by offering a new generation of operating systems: Windows XP, for home users, and Windows Server 2003, for business. However, the same did not happen with Windows 2000. Although later reports would verify that it offered one of the highest levels of stability of Microsoft’s operating systems, it always had to bear the bad reputation that accompanied its launch.

The first image was too heavy to bear, perhaps at some point there will be a redemption possibility for this operating system so much vilified by users and experts. History gives certain revenges, will this be the case?

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