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- Microsoft is out to convince sometimes- skeptical enterprise users that four-year-old Windows NT is finally ready for prime time. The company recently showed a slew of new NT software and six-way servers from Advanced Logic Research (ALR) and Data General. Separately, Unisys upped the hardware ante with a 10-way Pentium Pro server. Of course, the NT market has a way to go to catch up with the high-end UNIX or mainframe market, where 32-processor servers are common.
- Apple gave the Mac faithful an early glimpse of Rhapsody, the next-generation Power Mac operating system. Still a long way from shipping, it not only works with Macs but can also be used to develop applications for computers that use Intel chips and run various Windows versions.
- While chasing enterprise customers, Microsoft hasn't taken its sights off the little guy. The company has developed a new suite tentatively known as BackOffice for Small Business. The bundle, slated for release this year, will include NT Server, Internet Information Server, SQL Server, Exchange Server and Proxy Server, and a single installation wizard for all of the applications.
- Novell ran into another of its naming problems. It got a "cease and desist" order that prevents it from naming its new Internet series Border Services. In the past, Novell similarly stumbled with Symmetry, which was subsequently changed to GroupWise, and Tabasco, which elicited a protest from the maker of the pepper sauce.
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Windows Magazine, August 1997, page 63.
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