Microsoft has definitively refuted any suggestions that it will support the Network Computer Reference Profile (NCPR) that the Open Group intends to ratify as a standard.
The NCPR was devised by the network computing alliance, which includes such suppliers as Oracle, IBM, and Sun last summer and the specifications were submitted to the standards body six months ago.
The Open Group hopes to come out with a standard within three months and is evaluating whether to set up a branding and testing programme for NCs at a later date.
But, Jeremy Gittens, Microsoft?s Internet platforms product manager, said: ?We won?t get involved with the NC at all. The spec is so loose, all you?ll end up with is a lowest common denominator platform. The world has a standard today - PCs have never been cheaper and we can drive costs down further with the NetPC. PCs are the de facto standard, a centrally defined architecture, so why re-invent the wheel??
He added that while Oracle had spent a lot of PR time pushing the NC concept to solve their cost-of-ownership issues, in reality, it only shifted the problem from a client/server to a server-based world.
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