IBM Adds Customer Showroom to Windows 2000 Efforts

New briefing center showcases IBM's one-of-a-kind solutions for business

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KIRKLAND, WA - 19 Apr 1999: . . . IBM today announced a new customer briefing center devoted to showcasing the company's ever-increasing range of optimized hardware solutions for users of the Microsoft Windows 2000 operating system. Located near Microsoft headquarters -- in the same campus that houses IBM development labs for Microsoft products -- the new showroom will allow IBM customers and partners real-world tours of some of the most powerful and reliable solutions available today for Windows NT and in the future for Windows 2000.

"IBM is putting tremendous resources into development and implementation of Windows 2000-based solutions," said Phil Hester, VP, Systems & Technology, IBM Personal Systems Group. "This center is a way to show customers the integration of high end technology from other parts of our company that we're introducing to the Windows industry market -- an incredible blend of powerful hardware, rock-solid applications, global services and world class support."

"We are very excited about IBM's investment in Microsoft Windows 2000," said Jim Allchin, senior vice president, Business systems division, Microsoft Corp. "The combination of IBM's worldwide expertise in enterprise computing with Windows 2000 functionality will provide our mutual customers with a powerful solution for their business needs in the coming decade."

A centerpiece of the facility is a fully staffed Windows 2000 lab that can simulate a customer's environment so it can be optimized to ensure reliability, security and horsepower. The new briefing center is an outgrowth of the IBM Center for Microsoft Technologies. Staffed with more than 125 engineers, quality specialists and enterprise-solution personnel, the Center collaborates closely with Microsoft to build optimized computing solutions and fine-tune award-winning IBM hardware -- Netfinity servers, IntelliStation workstations, PC 300 desktops and ThinkPad notebooks.

Current IBM Microsoft Windows 2000 solutions include:

-- Participation in Microsoft Windows 2000 Ready program for desktops and notebooks. Virtually all of IBM's Intellistation, PC300 desktops and ThinkPad notebooks that ship with Windows NT Workstation 4.0 meet the requirements of this Microsoft program. IBM PCs that are Windows 2000 Ready will provide a smoother transition to Windows 2000. See for more information.

-- IBM has formed the Enterprise Deployment Partnership Program (EDPP) Microsoft Windows 2000 beta testing program for target accounts worldwide who plan to be early adopters of Microsoft Windows 2000. To leverage the knowledge gained through the EDPP, IBM plans to create and publish case studies for customers which detail the direct experience and lessons learned by EDPP participants.

-- IBM will support Window 2000 beta 3 evaluations with dedicated worldwide help center resources,project management teams, global consulting services and web based technical information. IBM will also distribute Microsoft's Corporate Preview Program kits with additional IBM information and support.

-- Over 175 IBM systems are currently included in the Microsoft Windows 2000 beta 3 Hardware Compatibility List. These Netfinity, IntelliStation, PC300 and ThinkPad systems have passed Microsoft's test requirements for Windows 2000.

-- IBM systems dominate Microsoft's Advanced Configuration Power Interface (ACPI) "Good BIOS" list, which enable systems to exploit the new ACPI power management technology in Windows 2000. These systems include Netfinity Servers from the Netfinity 3000 to the Netfinity 7000 M10, IntelliStation workstations (Z-Pro, M-Pro, and E-Pro), PC300 Desktops (PL and GL), and ThinkPad notebooks (380, 560, 600, 770).

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