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Number of W2K Certified Apps Up to 5

The slow trickle of Windows 2000 certifications continues this week with an ERP application vendor declaring it has gained Windows 2000 Professional certification.

Certification for the Danish ERP firm, Damgaard A/S (www.damgaard.com), product Damgaard Axapta 3.0 brings the total number of applications sporting the Certified for Windows 2000 Professional logo to five.

Documentation on the Web site for Veritest (www.veritest.com), the company under contract with Microsoft Corp. (www.microsoft.com) to conduct product certification, is dated Dec. 16.

The day before that, Microsoft announced that code for Windows 2000 Professional, Server, and Advanced Server was complete and the company was beginning to manufacture the product. During a related news conference, Microsoft ticked off the huge technical accomplishments related to Windows 2000, the thousands of systems the operating system has been tested on, the tens of thousands of desktops and servers the beta OS had been deployed on – and the four applications certified for Windows 2000 so far.

Microsoft has reversed its strategy on Windows logos for Windows 2000. In the past, logo programs were designed to highlight the raw numbers of Windows NT applications available. The new certification logo is far more stringent and is aimed at showcasing applications that leverage many new features of Windows 2000.

To achieve the Windows 2000 Professional certification, applications must install themselves using the Windows Installer service, must not attempt to replace protected system files, and must adhere to system-level Group Policy settings among other certification requirements.

Other applications that have earned the Windows 2000 Professional Certification logo are Caere OmniPage 10, Executive Software Diskeeper Workstation 5.0, GemPlus GemSafe User 2.1, and WRQ Reflection for HP with NSVT.

No applications have received Windows 2000 Server certification yet.

While Microsoft has predicted 1,000 applications will be ready for Windows 2000 for the Feb. 17 launch, the company promises only that certifications will number 100 by June. – Scott Bekker

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Scott Bekker is editor in chief of Redmond Channel Partner magazine.

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