Leading vendors in the industry, including Microsoft, Intel, Compaq, HP and Dell, are expected to attempt to queer Oracle's and Sun?s pitches today by introducing a specification for a machine aimed against the NC.
The companies will roll out details of an Intel-based device, which they will claim will match the prices of Oracle's NC appliances. The specification is expected to include a thin version of Microsoft Windows that uses the server rather than PCs to store information.
Although the introduction of this specification may look, on the face of it, like a spoiling tactic, the device is likely to work if it uses an existing ?thin client?, which already works with Windows NT. Ed Iacobucci, chairman of Citrix - which is part-owned by Microsoft - said four weeks ago that it would not take a great amount of development effort to produce an NC-like machine using its software product Winframe. Other NC players, including HDS, already use the Winframe spec, tailored for emulation by Insignia Software.
The partners? reference platform will be announced in San Jose later today. Four weeks ago, Steve Ballmer, senior vice president at Microsoft, claimed that his company had no interest in producing an NC.
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