Andersen Consulting signs $1bn deal with Microsoft
Microsoft has formed a $1bn joint venture with Andersen Consulting aimed at boosting adoption of Windows 2000.
Reports from the US say that under the joint venture, named Avenade, Microsoft will invest $400m and Andersen $600m.
Industry observers say the deal signifies Microsoft’s determination to establish the latest version of its Windows computer operating system as the new standard for corporate computing.
Windows 2000, launched earlier this year, will compete with Sun Microsystems’ Solaris and Linux, the free operating system, both of which are derivatives of the Unix operating system.
The joint venture is aimed at expanding Microsoft’s role in large-scale corporate computing applications, which typically involve long-term consulting and support activities, on top of software licenses.