Windows 2000 Release Candidate 2 is officieel aangekondigd door Microsoft. Betanews heeft de press release, waarvan hier een stukkie:
- Steve Ballmer announced at Windows Strategy Day today that Windows 2000 Release Candidate 2 for the Professional, Server & Advanced Server editions will be available this week. Microsoft is very excited about this important milestone to deliver Windows 2000. As Microsoft gets closer to launching Windows 2000, they are pleased to announce the anticipated system requirements as well as reiterate the upgrade path. While Windows 2000 has been feature complete for some time now, Microsoft has continued to make key fit and finish adjustments and improvements to the code based on customer feedback. Below is a list of what beta customers can expect from RC 2 as well as important information about system requirements and upgrade paths.
What's New in RC 2?
Broader Hardware and Software Support: Many ISVs and IHVs have provided updated drivers since the release of beta 3 resulting in broader HW and SW support with this release candidate.
Simplified Administration: Microsoft has worked hard to simplify Windows 2000 administration tools and improved dialogue and message boxes. Connecting to the Internet and DNS configuration have been made simpler. Dialog Boxes and Messages Text have been clarified to provide users with easy to understand messages. Administrative tools, such as Active Directory Users & Computers have also been enhanced.
The focus of work between the final beta and RTM is bug fixes, improving user interface fit & finish, performance and reliability enhancements, hardware support and application compatibility.
Windows Media Services: The updated Windows Media Services provide high-quality streaming multimedia to users.
Web Telephony Engine: WTE previously known as Web IVR is a run time engine which uses the Hypertext Markup to enable Web authoring tools
Microsoft will be making the Component Load Balancing feature of COM+ for Windows 2000 Advanced Server and Data Center Server available via a technology preview from Microsoft support services. In the future it will available in the Microsoft AppCenter Server.