Michael Kantrowitz, executive VP of HDS Network Systems, has been in London to talk about thin clients and his company's name change. HDS was first to market with a network computer (NC) last year and has changed its name to Neoware, partly to avoid confusion with Hitachi Data Systems, which rebadges Neoware products. "It takes some getting used to," says Kantrowitz, commenting on the name change, "but I think it will clear up any confusion".
He also feels there's a lot of confusion about what an NC can and can't do. He takes pains to point out that it isn't a case of either/or because his company makes kit that will also run Windows applications, while retaining the cost savings that everyone pushing NCs talks about.
Neoware has just launched its first ultra thin client and the third generation of its operating system called Neostation and NetOS 3.0, respectively.
The Neostation starts at #499. (www.neoware.com)
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