Point and Counterpoint is a new column feature for the Support Republic. Its purpose is to present a balanced discussion between our members regarding hardware, software, and any other topic that our members wish to discuss.
Windows NT vs. Windows 2000
Since Windows 2000 Server was released in the first quarter of this year, businesses have been faced with the difficult decision of either keeping their existing Windows NT 4.0 Server systems or upgrading to Microsoft’s new operating system. While it is clear that most companies will not jump aboard the Win2K bandwagon immediately, Microsoft is pushing hard for companies to accept their new software. Is it worth spending the money to upgrade your network to Windows 2000 now, or should companies stick with what they know and keep Windows NT?

In comparison
It has been documented that Windows 2000 Server will have many more features than Windows NT 4.0 Server. Win2K boasts such things as plug and play, Active Directory, and an improved file system. But the real question that you need to ask yourself is if you really need the new features that Windows 2000 provides.

While Windows NT is indeed an ancient piece of software, it has been updated and patched over the years since its introduction. Windows NT 4.0 with SP 6a is not the same OS that was released over five years ago. There have been many improvements and enhancements over the original software. But now that Windows 2000 has been released, you can count on Microsoft phasing out its support of Windows NT.

The point
Windows NT Server diehards, now is your chance! Do you believe that you shouldn’t have to upgrade to Windows 2000? Let us know what you think! You can leave a post below or send us an e-mail telling us why you won’t let Windows 2000 in on your territory. Remember, you’re trying to prove a point, so make your argument clear and concise!

The counterpoint
Windows 2000 Server maniacs, let your voices be heard! We know you want everyone to upgrade to Windows 2000, so convince us why we should! You can leave a post below or send us an e-mail pleading your case. Remember, just like the Windows NT people, you’re trying to win over support for your cause, so make sure your messages are just as clear and concise!
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