Microsoft prepares Windows 2000

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Microsoft Corp., Redmond, Wash., is expected to announce Oct. 27 it is adopting the name Windows 2000 for its upcoming operating system, formerly known as Windows NT 5.0. The software, due next year, will replace Windows 95/Windows 98 and Windows NT 4.0 as Microsoft's mainstream business operating system. Microsoft over time intends to move consumers to Windows 2000-based operating systems. The new name mirrors the naming for Office 2000, the successor to the Office 97 application software that Microsoft will introduce in 1999. Microsoft wouldn't confirm or deny the Windows name change.

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