A survey by Redwood City-based analyst group Zona Research finds that corporate users are not convinced by the network computer (NC) phenomenon and cite its lack of support for Windows applications as the main reason.
The study, released at the Internet World trade show in New York today, questioned 55 end user sites across the US. A quarter of those polled said they saw no benfit to using NCs.
The high-profile NC specification supported by IBM, Netscape, Sun Microsystems, Oracle and Apple has a serious flaw in it as far as the Zona survey base is concerned: it does not require Windows support. This support was seen by 80 per cent of those questioned in the survey as necessary.
But the NC or similar devices, such as Web-enabled televisions or telephones, have a future in the consumer market. Zona expects around 70 million Web-enabled consumer devices to be sold eevry year by the turn of the century.
This argument seems to be supported in separate analysis by Port Washington firm PC-Meter, whose survey of almost 10,000 US homes in October found that 11 per cent claimed to have used the World Wide Web in the previous month. That's more than twice as many as this time last year.
But, as though to demonstrate that you can prove anything with statistics, a third piece of research, from Inteco, claims that the level of Internet usage in the home is flattening out and that the growth area is now in the workplace. Inteco surveyed 2,661 US households in September.
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