December 27, 2000, 9:03 AM — When Windows 2000 was officially launched in San Francisco, no one at Microsoft was more delighted and relieved than top executive Brian Valentine. Valentine has been riding herd over Windows 2000 development since December 1998 when he was promoted to senior vice president for Windows Development; before that, he was the guiding force behind Exchange Server. Hours after Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates unveiled the next-generation, "bet the farm" operating system in San Francisco, Valentine sat down with InfoWorld Editor in Chief Michael Vizard, Executive Producer/New Media Katherine Bull, and Associate News Editor Bob Trott to hash out some of the issues that IT managers are facing with Windows 2000 -- namely, bugs, service packs, and application compatibility.
InfoWorld: There's a story currently out there, with your name attached to it, that talks about an e-mail stating that there are approximately 64,000 bugs in Windows 2000. What's real and what's not?