|Microsoft's new corporate operating system may gain popularity fastest in an unlikely place: notebook computers.
Windows 2000, which debuted today amid fanfare, will be embraced first on laptops and notebook computers, not on the upscale server and workstation systems for which it was originally targeted, analysts and computer makers said.
It's a technology that fills a hole in notebook customers' needs; the new OS offers an immediate improvement over previous versions of Windows, notebook makers said. But demand for a secure, reliable operating system that exploits the best features of corporate notebooks is the main reason success with notebooks could take off.
The growing population of laptop owners has had to compromise with either Windows 95 or 98, considered to be less stable and secure, or Windows NT, which doesn't fully support important features such as power management, easily detachable peripherals or new technology such as USB (universal serial bus).
"We're actually very bullish about Windows 2000 on portables," said Chuck Dourlet, vice president of marketing for Compaq Computer's portable PC division. "The benefits are so much greater that we're actually forecasting that the portable adoption may drive the transition to Windows 2000 in a lot of customer environments, where they roll it out on portables first and then desktops."