Is Windows Ready To Run E Business?

So says Microsoft--and corporations are starting to listen

When Microsoft Corp. bought Hotmail Inc. for $395 million two years ago, the free-e-mail pioneer had 10 million members and ran on mighty Unix computers--not PC servers powered by Microsoft's Windows NT operating system. Now, with Hotmail boasting more than 50 million accounts, the key parts of the site are still running on Unix--in spite of Microsoft's desire to switch to its own software. Even more embarrassing: Hotmail founder Sabeer Bhatia, who left Microsoft last March to start his own e-commerce-services company, Arzoo! Inc., is relieved to once again use 100% Unix. "I'm out of Microsoft now--so no NT," he says with a smirk.

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