GCN selects Exchange Server 2000 as top product at FOSE 2000

GCN selects Exchange Server 2000 as top product at FOSE 2000

By Michael Cheek

GCN Staff

APRIL 18'Microsoft Exchange Server 2000 received the Best of Show award today from Government Computer News during the fifth annual Best New Product Awards at FOSE 2000.

Exchange Server 2000 led 14 other products selected by GCN editors as the most innovative new products exhibited at the FOSE trade show, which opened today in Washington.

"This year's entries reflected the rise of networked systems as platforms for transactional and electronic commerce activities in government," said Thomas R. Temin, GCN editorial director and one of 15 editors who judged the contest. "The judges felt that Exchange Server 2000 best represented the innovation happening in today's wired world."

Judges selected winners in 14 information technology categories:

  • IBM Corp. received three Best New Product Awards. The Netfinity 6000R topped the enterprise server/system category, the ThinkPad 600X won in the portable computer category and the Avid XpressDV-IBM IntelliStation combination won for best technical-user computer.

  • Hewlett-Packard Co. received two awards. For the second year in a row, HP's Digital Sender was named the best enterprise peripheral. This year the 8100C version won; the 9100C got the award last year. HP's e-Vectra desktop system took the end-user computer category.

  • In the display category, judges awarded a tie between the CP-13t Multimedia LCD Projector from Boxlight Corp. of Poulsbo, Wash., and the MultiSync LCD 1525X monitor from NEC Technologies Inc. of Itasca, Ill.

  • Xerox Corp. won in the printer category through its recent acquisition of Tektronix Inc. and its Phaser 850.

  • Corel Corp.'s Linux OS Deluxe earned the top spot in the end-user software category.

  • Virtual Ink Corp. of Boston won in the end-user peripheral category for Mimio Version 1.1.

  • In communications hardware, judges chose BIG/ip Version 3.0 from F5 Networks Inc. of Seattle.

  • Jetform Corp. of Ottawa received the award in the technical-user software category for e-Process Framework.

  • LaserFiche Document Imaging of Torrance, Calif., took the prize in the enterprise software category for LaserFiche WebLink 4.31.

  • Dell Computer Corp.'s PowerEdge 2450 won in the workgroup/departmental server category.

  • Microsoft Exchange Server 2000 got the nod for workgroup/departmental software as well as the Best of Show award.


Winners were selected from among 70 finalists. Judges voted for the Best of Show from the category winners. All the winners received plaques at GCN's fifth annual Celebration of Innovation awards ceremony this afternoon, during FOSE's opening day. Winners and finalists will also be honored at GCN's booth, 740, in a Best New Product Award Hall of Fame area.

In a double-blind process, judges rated each entry for innovation, usability, specifications and value. Entries accumulating the most points earned finalist awards.

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