Speaking after a Tif meeting on NT4 support attended by high-level IT directors, he said, "Organisations have made significant investment in NT4 and plan to reap maximum benefit from it without adverse risk to their business."
Organisations represented at the meeting plan to move their mission-critical applications from NT4 by the end of the year, when Microsoft's extended support expires, with most phasing out the operating system altogether by the end of 2005.
NT4 still has a substantial foothold in UK IT departments. IT directors at the Tif meeting estimated they were running 10,000 NT4 servers between them, with many more NT4 workstations.
A survey last week by web monitoring organisation Netcraft found that 10 FTSE 100 firms, including Lloyds TSB and Next Group were running their websites on NT4 servers. It also found auction site eBay was running the majority of its web infrastructure on NT4, although it is beginning to upgrade to Windows 2003.