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Short Take: Ballmer hedges on new NT date

Microsoft president Steve Ballmer, speaking at a developer's conference in Las Vegas, said the final version of the Windows NT 5.0 operating system upgrade is likely to be "8 to 12 months away." The software--the subject of increased scrutiny after continued delays--represents a huge bet for the company, given its aspirations to take on even the largest computing tasks. Some have predicted NT 5.0 will be delayed until the year 2000.

    Microsoft president Steve Ballmer, speaking at a developer's conference in Las Vegas, said the final version of the Windows NT 5.0 operating system upgrade is likely to be "8 to 12 months away." The software--the subject of increased scrutiny after continued delays--represents a huge bet for the company, given its aspirations to take on even the largest computing tasks. Some have predicted NT 5.0 will be delayed until the year 2000.