QA Training, which provides IT training for several top UK and global corporations and will train Microsoft's own support staff, said it has been forced to double its amount of planned coverage of the operating system. NT 5.0 is expected to be available in the second half of 1998.
QA is offering one-day overviews of the operating system, followed by support training courses.
Barrie Charles, marketing manager for QA said: "We've never known anything like it before. It's the sheer volume that's surprised us. Obviously, we've trained on Windows 3.x, 95, NT 4.0, Unix, OS/2 and everything else but we've never had anything like this. We initialled scheduled half a dozen sessions and now it's 15."
Charles said new features such as directory services and enhanced scalability were being cited by customers as reasons for moving to NT 5.0.
"Among UK corporations, uptake of Windows 95 has not been that great except in some mobile environments. A lot of companies are looking at migrating from Windows 3.x straight to NT 5.0 Workstation."