Windows 2000 Conferences Provide Technical Tools For Fast and Cost-Effective Deployment

REDMOND, Wash., March 15, 2000 — As hundreds of companies continue migrating to the Microsoft Ò Windows Ò 2000 operating system, Microsoft Corp. today announced the Windows 2000 Deployment Conferences. These conferences are designed to provide customers with an exceptional depth of technical content delivered by product experts from the Windows 2000 development team and Microsoft Consulting Services and customers already running their businesses on Windows 2000 . The two conferences are part of the Microsoft TechNet series of events for IT professionals and will take place March 27-29 in Geneva and April 26-28 in New Orleans, La.

“Customers are making the decision to move to Windows 2000, and we are providing them with the tools and training to make deployment faster, easier and more cost-effective,”
said Brian Valentine, senior vice president of the Windows Division at Microsoft.
“The Windows 2000 Deployment Conferences are unique in their depth of technical content and caliber of presenters. Any customer planning to deploy Windows 2000 should attend one of these conferences.”

Unique Conference Content Provides Step-by-Step Technical Training

The Windows 2000 Deployment Conferences are designed to go far beyond a mere overview of product features by providing prescriptive deployment information from the Windows development team based on direct customer feedback. The technical content is separated into three task-based tracks, Planning, Operations and Support, as well as three theme-based tracks, Reliability, Scalability and Interoperability. The tracks will take attendees step-by-step through planning, deploying and testing Windows 2000-based environments. The conferences also allow for interactivity by presenting detailed case studies of early deployments, as well as small-group discussions called
“chalk talks.”

The conferences are part of the Microsoft TechNet program, which provides Microsoft product education to IT professionals. These conferences are unique because of the format and depth of content, but also because the presenters are experts in Windows 2000 planning and deployment from the Windows 2000 development team and Microsoft Consulting Services, as well as customers who will share how they deployed Windows 2000 in their organizations.

Windows 2000 Deployment Conference Details

U.S. customers can find detailed information and register for the New Orleans conference by visiting . European customers can learn about the Geneva conference at . The fee for each conference is approximately $1,195.

Windows 2000 Customers and Deployment Resources

Microsoft and independent software vendors (ISVs) produce a variety of resources, including tools and training, to assist customers in their planning and deployment efforts for Windows 2000. More information on these resources and details on the Windows 2000 deployment experiences of many customers and partners are available at .

About Microsoft TechNet

Microsoft TechNet, a central information resource geared to IT professionals, offers a variety of services designed to meet the technical information needs of professionals who plan, evaluate, deploy, maintain or support Microsoft products or technologies. Resources include the TechNet Web site, located at , where users may access a wealth of technical information and resources about Microsoft products; the TechNet CD-ROM subscription series, which provides the same valuable information in an offline format; the Peer-to-Peer Support Program; and the courses mentioned above. IT professionals interested in participating in TechNet briefings may search for offerings in their vicinity and register for available sessions online at .

About Microsoft

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