Ballmer Talks Up Windows Server 2003

By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2003-04-24 Print this article Print

Windows Server 2003 is the most significant work Microsoft has ever done in terms of what it means for the IT infrastructure and datacenter, said Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.

SAN FRANCISCO—Windows Server 2003 is the most significant work Microsoft has ever done in terms of what it means for the IT infrastructure and datacenter, Steve Ballmer, Microsofts CEO, told attendees at the launch of Windows Server 2003 here on Thursday. "This is a very significant piece of work and the highest quality release of Windows Server ever. It is not just a small, incremental release of the operating system, it is a breakthrough in terms of security, manageability and the innovations it brings to software developers and information workers who need to collaborate," Ballmer said. The theme of the product release was "doing more with less," and Ballmer said this is "absolutely the right time to be bringing new innovation to the marketplace, a view that is shared by our customers. IT managers have to do more with less today, and that is one of the biggest challenges faced by Microsoft and its customers alike."
This was evidenced by the some 200,000 people attending the global launches of the three products: the Windows Server 2003 family, a new version of Visual Studio .Net and a 64-bit edition of SQL Server 2000, he said.
Microsoft has worked with more than 100 joint development partners on the product, there are already more than 10,000 production deployments, and about 1 million beta copies have been issued, Ballmer said. Turning to security, Ballmer said that Microsoft "got the message loud and clear from customers that security is the number one priority. Windows Server 2003 is secure by design, and we have invested $200 million in this. It is secure by default, with 60 percent less attack surface area by default compared to Windows NT 4.0 Service Pack 3. There will also be less security issues going forward," Ballmer promised. Windows Server 2003 also improves information worker productivity—by giving access yet protecting information—it gives an enhanced desktop experience and allows far greater team collaboration and communication, Ballmer said. "Windows SharePoint Team Services will be included in the product going forward and will be made available to all those customers who have bought the new server product. It will allow people to find and share information off the Windows server more easily," he said.

Peter Galli has been a financial/technology reporter for 12 years at leading publications in South Africa, the UK and the US. He has been Investment Editor of South Africa's Business Day Newspaper, the sister publication of the Financial Times of London.

He was also Group Financial Communications Manager for First National Bank, the second largest banking group in South Africa before moving on to become Executive News Editor of Business Report, the largest daily financial newspaper in South Africa, owned by the global Independent Newspapers group.

He was responsible for a national reporting team of 20 based in four bureaus. He also edited and contributed to its weekly technology page, and launched a financial and technology radio service supplying daily news bulletins to the national broadcaster, the South African Broadcasting Corporation, which were then distributed to some 50 radio stations across the country.

He was then transferred to San Francisco as Business Report's U.S. Correspondent to cover Silicon Valley, trade and finance between the US, Europe and emerging markets like South Africa. After serving that role for more than two years, he joined eWeek as a Senior Editor, covering software platforms in August 2000.

He has comprehensively covered Microsoft and its Windows and .Net platforms, as well as the many legal challenges it has faced. He has also focused on Sun Microsystems and its Solaris operating environment, Java and Unix offerings. He covers developments in the open source community, particularly around the Linux kernel and the effects it will have on the enterprise.

He has written extensively about new products for the Linux and Unix platforms, the development of open standards and critically looked at the potential Linux has to offer an alternative operating system and platform to Windows, .Net and Unix-based solutions like Solaris.

His interviews with senior industry executives include Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, Linus Torvalds, the original developer of the Linux operating system, Sun CEO Scot McNealy, and Bill Zeitler, a senior vice president at IBM.

For numerous examples of his writing you can search under his name at the eWEEK Website at


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