A consortium of hardware vendors is on the verge of releasing products that will fill the gap left by Microsoft at Work when that operating system was ditched two years ago.
The Salutation Consortium, which includes companies like Kodak, IBM, Novell, Lexmark, Matsushita, Mitsubishi, Sharp, Toshiba and Xerox, showed technology at Comdex/Fall that provides users with a graphical user interface when printers and other peripherals need paper or other attention.
The non-profit group has worked to produce an open standard that the different members can use for their devices, said Mary Hill, chairman of the group. "We started the consortium in 1992-1993 to create an open standard for peripheral devices," she said. "Salutation embedded machines are on the way."
The software core for the Salutation drivers can be implemented on all platforms, Hill said. Drivers are already available for OS/2 and Windows 3.x, with versions for Windows 95 and NT coming online within the next few months.
Although the consortium wanted Microsoft to be a member, so far it had declined, said a source at the group. Microsoft had wanted to create a proprietary standard with MAW and so far had resisted all attempts to persuade it to join, he said.
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