In an apparent marketing blunder, Oracle has admitted that it will support Lotus? Kona applets in its network computing (NC) software, only days after denying the plan.
Kona, which is not due to ship until the summer, will be bundled with Oracle?s own Hat Trick Java-based applets for word processing and presentation graphics, and will work alongside Oracle?s Interoffice personal messaging and email software.
Kona is based on Java Beans components and comprises such applications as a spreadsheet, charting and project scheduling software.
Oracle also unveiled more details on its own NC software at its Open World user conference in Tokyo. The desktop portion, dubbed the NC Desktop, can either be stored on the server or in the network computer?s read only memory.
The desktop software supports such multimedia protocols as Quicktime, Real Audio, MPEG and AVI to access Web-based graphical information, and Ethernet-based devices will also be able support streamed video from Oracle?s Video Server in future.
The NC Desktop also includes an NC Connect Option to provide emulation for Windows applications or mainframe packages for 3270, 5250 and VT220 dumb terminals. NC Connect comes with a redeployment tool to convert terminal applications into Java-based ones.
Oracle also intends to get further into the services business by offering to remotely monitor and back-up users? NC-based networks.
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