Intel is not convinced of the value of Net PCs even within its own organisation, it emerged today.
Pat Gelsinger, VP and general manager of the chip giant's desktop division, confirmed an earlier story on the Newswire that the company had moved to a single platform but said Intel was only trialling the technology.
He refused to say which PC platform Intel had moved to, while speculation continued that a large proportion of its 60,000 employees were using machines built by Intel itself.
But Gelsinger said: "Intel is evaluating Net PCs but has not deployed Net PCs yet."
That followed an earlier question about the total cost of ownership (TCO) when Gelsinger said that his company's customers, including Compaq, Fujitsu-ICL and many others, were selling machines to its customers based on the TCO paradigm.
He said that the PC vendors were rolling out TCO machines to their own customers.
Just one month ago, Fujitsu-ICL said it was selling Net PCs to the flower network Interflora, while more recently, Compaq's CEO Eckhard Pfeiffer put his whole weight against the argument.
Gelsinger point-blank refused to say which PCs his own company was using but said that it had a buying structure in place.
Last week, Louis Burns, a chief operating officer at Intel US, told 200 corporate IT managers that there were benefits from moving towards the TCO platform. But yesterday, IBM claimed that NCs would provide a cheaper solution to the problem dogging many large corporations.
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