Staff and students at the University of Leicester are the first in the world to be provided with a 'window' to new Millennium technology - the most advanced Microsoft network operating system Windows 2000.
Windows 2000 will not be in wide scale usage before next year, but at the University of Leicester staff and students are using the leading-edge computer operating system that is set to become the business and industry standard for the start of the new century.
This means that students at the University will be familiar with the computer system by the time they graduate - before the sophisticated package is in worldwide use. It will be formally launched at a special event at the University on September 8 attended by representatives from Microsoft Ltd and members of the University.
Windows 2000 has been evaluated at the University since 1997 with a view to replacing its existing operating system. It offers the University the following advantages:
Mr Peter Burnham, Assistant Director of the Computer Centre at the University of Leicester, said: "We have over 15,000 registered users, with over 1,100 concurrently active at peak times. Over 200 application packages are provided to support the diverse needs of this academic community.
"Much of the student computing at the University takes place in Open Access Areas. Typically these might house 50 unsupervised devices that are used by students on a drop-in basis or as part of formal course work. This style of computing presents challenges not usually met on the office desktop, i.e. the need for all PCs to provide an identical user interface including preservation of individual user options along with a very high requirement for security.
Windows 2000 offers a better strategic direction - scalability, security and ease of management are major selling points of this product."
Students in Engineering, Geography, Geology, Mathematics and Computer Studies and the Faculty of Medicine and Biological sciences will be the first in the world to make use of a Windows 2000/Office 2000 environment.
Nick McGrath, Windows product manager at Microsoft Limited, said: "We are extremely happy that the University of Leicester has found the experience of evaluating and deploying Windows 2000 a successful one.
"This deployment is proof that Microsoft has listened to what customers want from an operating system and has delivered on that promise. To deploy a product on this scale to a live environment before its final release clearly shows the depth of testing of Windows 2000."
NOTES TO NEWS AND PICTURE DESKS:
WINDOWS 2000 WILL BE FORMALLY LAUNCHED AT THE UNIVERSITY OF LEICESTER CHARLES WILSON BUILDING, FOURTH FLOOR, ON SEPTEMBER 8 AT 4.00 PM.
For more information please contact Peter Burnham, University of Leicester, on 0116 252 2234 or Nick McGrath, Microsoft Ltd. on 0870 60 10 100.
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