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The U.S. Coast Guard Academy is "very concerned" about Microsoft's NT upgrade policy, which requires a new Client Access License ($25 per desktop) when moving from NTS 3.51 to 4.0. "If Microsoft continues to place these kinds of restrictions on [NT]," said one source at the academy, "we may have to shift our systems to other vendors." NT user Texas Instruments has expressed similiar concerns.
As we went to press, Microsoft was expected to announce an Enterprise Edition of Windows NT Server 5.0. It's expected to include clustering software (WolfPack), Microsoft Transaction Server and messaging middleware (Falcon). Microsoft declined comment.
Digital Equipment, seeking to build a volume market for its Alpha processor, will ship a 600MHz version of the chip this summer. Digital will sample an even faster Alpha chip (in the 700MHz clock-speed range) late this year.
Softway Systems is beta testing OPENNT 2.0, which lets NT run UNIX applications. It's available at http://www.softway.com/OpenNT/beta/release.
Lotus Development still rules the e-mail market. According to International Data Corp., about 8.4 million new users adopted Lotus Notes, cc:Mail and IBM OfficeVision in 1996, followed by e-mail offerings from Netscape (5.5 million), Microsoft (4.4 million), Qualcomm (2.9 million) and Novell (2.2 million)