Corporate users still have no access to Windows 2000 certified enterprise software to evaluate on the new operating system, despite the final copies of the operating system shipping last week.
As Computer Weekly has reported previously, most enterprise applications do not exploit the Active Directory - the foundation of Windows 2000.
It is the Active Directory which is most likely to cause disruptions when users attempt to install Windows 2000 within their existing IT infrastructure. This is because there is limited support back and forth between the Active Directory and mainframe and Unix directories.
Support for the Active Directory is a key requirement for software to attain Microsoft Windows 2000 certification, a programme designed to give users the greatest level of confidence in Windows 2000-based IT systems.
Even the less stringent "Windows 2000-ready" programme, for ensuring software will run on the new OS, lacks several industry heavyweights.
As Computer Weekly went to press, the list of Windows 2000 server-ready software was missing several major enterprise software suppliers including Informix, Oracle, Sybase, Baan, PeopleSoft and SAP.
Only IBM has its database products listed as Windows 2000-ready. As for Microsoft, it has 114 products listed as "ready", but none yet certified.