Windows NT keeps making news. NT Server finally got itself an enterprise directory service, but it's not homegrown-it's Banyan's highly regarded StreetTalk. And in a move that could mean trouble for other vendors in the arena, Microsoft, in partnership with Veritas, announced that future versions of NT Server will have enterprise-class storage management features.
Consumer vendors are poised to invade the Internet market with Web-enabled products. Mitsubishi's DiamondWeb TV, which includes a Motorola PowerPC RISC processor, will be an early entry into the market, to be followed by releases from Sony, Nintendo, Sega and Zenith.
Compaq continued its assault on the school market with a sub-$2,000 all-in-one PC that includes a Pentium 120MHz processor, full-motion JPEG, 1.2GB hard disk drive and self-contained LAN adapter.
Research house Dataquest predicts one way to increase bandwidth will be Digital Subscriber Line, or xDSL, which allows the existing twisted-pair telephone infrastructure to support multimegabit data rates. Expect xDSL revenue to reach $2.5 billion in four years.
Macromedia, which has made its name with mutlimedia and graphics tools, stays ahead of the curve by shipping Shockwave for ActiveX and optimizing Director 5, its multimedia authoring tool, for Intel's MMX.
Popular search engine Infoseek unveiled Quickseek, a free utility that allows users to add a live search box to Netscape Navigator and search the Net without going to a search page.
Long known by its code name Pegasus, Microsoft's new operating system for hand-held devices finally got itself a moniker-it's Windows CE. (Originally, CE stood for Consumer Electronics. Now Microsoft says it doesn't stand for anything. See The Explorer.)