Windows NT Workstation 4.0 Reaches 28 Million Desktops Worldwide

REDMOND, Wash., March 3, 1999 — Microsoft Corp. today announced that the number of worldwide licenses of the Microsoft® Windows NT® Workstation operating system version 4.0 has reached an all-time high of 28 million, and that Ontario Hydro and Unisys Corp. are among the companies that have recently migrated to Windows NT Workstation 4.0 as their primary desktop operating system. Each of these companies has unique business needs and cited a variety of factors behind its decision to migrate to Windows NT Workstation 4.0.

“The number of customers migrating to Windows NT Workstation 4.0 is simply staggering,” said Robert Bennett, group product manager of Windows® marketing at Microsoft.
“With an installed base of 28 million, it’s clear that there’s tremendous momentum behind Windows NT Workstation 4.0 – and it’s only growing.”

Enterprise Companies Deploying Today

Ontario Hydro, one of the world’s largest electricity systems, with 23,000 employees, has updated its internal technology structure to empower employees to get the information they need when they need it. Faced with deregulation of the energy industry, Ontario Power Generation Company (OPGC) Inc., an Ontario Hydro successor company, chose Windows NT Workstation 4.0 for its 3,000 desktops to provide the edge it needed in the new world of energy competition.

“With the changing utility market in Ontario, we needed to implement a reliable, secure, high-performance operating system that would help reduce our support and administration costs,”
said Liz Reid, manager of the Windows NT Project for OPGC.
“Windows NT Workstation is a key part of our strategy to implement best IT practices at Ontario Hydro.”

Unisys Corp. chose Windows NT Workstation 4.0 to meet the company’s internal need to standardize on a 32-bit desktop operating system. The operating system’s stability, security and support capabilities drove this decision. In addition, Unisys determined that new capabilities in Windows NT Workstation 4.0 would enhance end-user productivity, reduce total support costs, and accelerate migration by making it easier to install and configure new software.

Unisys cited the increased stability of the operating environment over previous versions as the biggest advantage of Windows NT Workstation 4.0. As a result, the company has noted reduced support costs and total cost of ownership. In addition, Unisys is now well-positioned for the future move from Windows NT Workstation 4.0 to the Windows 2000 operating system.

“We need productive yet cost-effective desktop solutions as we head into the new millennium,”
said John C. Carrow, vice president and chief information officer at Unisys.
“Microsoft Windows NT Workstation 4.0, combined with Unisys’ creativity and technical excellence, will deliver superior computing capabilities for Unisys’ work force.”

PC Manufacturers See Results

Leading PC manufacturers, such as Dell Computer Corp. and Compaq Computer Corp., also cited greater demand for Windows NT Workstation 4.0 from their customers.

“We’ve seen the shipments of our business PCs with Windows NT Workstation 4.0 increase significantly over the past year,”
said Naila Seif, director of product marketing at Compaq.
“Given this increased demand from our business customers, it’s clear that Windows NT Workstation 4.0 is the mainstream business operating system.”

“We’ve seen increased demand for Windows NT Workstation 4.0 from our business customers in businesses of all sizes,”
said Christopher Imler, vice president of software at Dell.
“Our customers benefit from the increased manageability, security, reliability and performance of Windows NT Workstation 4.0.”

About Windows NT Workstation 4.0

With more than 28 million licenses sold, Windows NT Workstation 4.0 is becoming a mainstream business desktop operating system. Windows NT Workstation 4.0 offers the lowest TCO of any desktop platform while delivering unmatched performance and reliability. In addition, customers interested in Windows 2000 Professional can ease their future migration by deploying Windows NT Workstation 4.0 today because it will provide the smoothest upgrade path. For more information on Windows NT Workstation, please visit .

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