Compaq claimed today it had not done a U-turn on its NetPC strategy, but admitted it was supporting Intel?s latest Win Terminal announcement (see separate story).
Said Steve Torbe, desktop product manager at Compaq UK: ?We have no plans to produce a Windows terminal but it?s not something we?d rule out.?
That follows Eckhard Pfeiffer?s statement at Comdex/Fall two weeks ago, when he said there was a place for network computers in corporations, contradicting former Compaq statements that favoured the NetPC over the NC.
But Compaq does now support Java, said Torbe. ?It?s part of the NetPC strategy,? he said.
?Java is a programming language and the Net PC will run the Java platform,? he continued.
?We are absolutely not taking orders from Intel on this,? said Torbe. ?Intel is offering a component and not a PC. Our position is that we believe the NetPC will offer flexibility.?
But, Torbe added: ?If there?s a customer demand for a lower specification, we would not rule it out.?
That, he claimed, was not a U-turn from Compaq, although Torbe agreed that the specification from Intel, which uses a now defunct 100MHz Pentium without MMX capability, never mind a Pentium II cartridge design, was a backwards specification.
Compaq, said Torbe, had licensed technology from Citrix, but he insisted that his company would continue selling desktop solutions based on the usual X.86 technology.
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