The UK division of Compaq has agreed that NetPCs are not living up to their hype, after a survey it commissioned showed most IT managers are just not interested.
That follows its major PC rival IBM savaging the report - on network computers and NetPCs - yesterday, claiming it offered a misleadingly black view of NCs (see yesterday's story).
James Griffiths, desktop product marketing manager at Compaq UK, admitted that the survey showed most IT managers were not interested in either the NC or the NetPC, but claimed Compaq maintains its commitment to the latter.
He said: "The report is the view of the 384 IT directors we've talked to. We wanted to try to get to the bottom of what they thought."
He said that Compaq will not make Windows terminals but will continue its support for the NetPC model. "We still feel that the NetPC is the best thin client. The only Java applications out there are what Lotus has released."
Commenting on IBM's condemnation of the report, he said: "IBM has an awful lot to protect as the x86 platform moves up into their traditional space."
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