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Apple Computer recently demonstrated PowerMac servers running Windows NT. Speculation continues that Apple will ship NT server systems by the second half of this year. Microsoft, however, may kill NT for PowerPC sometime this year because IBM and Motorola have halted their NT/PowerPC development.
Microsoft is offering Internet Information Server (IIS) 3.0 for free to registered Windows NT Server 4.0 users (see http://www.microsoft.com/iis/)
As of press time, Lotus, Microsoft and Novell were each finalizing their latest groupware upgrades. Lotus Domino 4.5 includes cross-platform clustering; Microsoft Exchange Server 5.0 boasts LDAP (lightweight directory access protocol) support; and Novell GroupWise 5.1 offers integrated imaging features. Each should be shipping by the time you read this.
Database giant Oracle has abandoned plans to market a server suite (code-named Bandwagon) that was to compete with Microsoft BackOffice. Bandwagon's proposed components-Oracle7, InterOffice, Oracle Web Server and Oracle Enterprise Manager-will be sold individually.
Separately, Oracle will ship all of its core products on Digital's NT-based Alpha and Intel servers.
Microsoft's preoccupation with Egypt continues. As if the company's Cairo and Nile code-names weren't enough, the software giant is developing a SQL Server upgrade code-named Sphinx. Set for release late this year, Sphinx will support multi-server management and extensive dynamic locking of database rows.
According to a recent study by market researcher International Data Corp., NCR (formerly AT&T GIS) commands more than 65 percent of the worldwide market for high-end ($50,000+) Windows NT servers. We were shocked, too.
Windows Magazine, February 1997, page NT06.
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