Intel and Microsoft Release NetPC Reference Specification For Broad Industry Review; Product Announcements From PC Manufacturers Expected Within 90 Days; Specification Co-Authored by Compaq, Dell and Hewlett-Packard.HANOVER, Germany--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 12, 1997--Intel Corporation and Microsoft Corporation (company) Microsoft Corporation - The biggest supplier of operating systems and other software for IBM PC compatibles. Software products include MS-DOS, Microsoft Windows, Windows NT, Microsoft Access, LAN Manager, MS Client, SQL Server, Open Data Base Connectivity (ODBC), MS Mail, today released the NetPC reference specification for broad industry review.
The NetPC is a new class of personal computer for business designed to reduce ownership costs by delivering new manageability advances and a sealed-case design. NetPC systems will offer the performance and flexibility of traditional PCs and will be compatible with existing investments in hardware, software and training. The NetPC family of products will extend to the highest levels of processing performance and will include entry-level systems starting below the $1,000 price point.
The NetPC is part of a broad industry effort to reduce the cost of managing a distributed PC environment while delivering the business flexibility, performance range, and network and application compatibility needed to increase customers' overall return on investment.
Three of the industry's leading PC manufacturers, Compaq Computer Corp., Dell Computer Corp., and Hewlett-Packard Co., helped develop the reference specification for the NetPC, which is supported by more than 100 of the world's top PC manufacturers. NetPC product announcements from many leading PC manufacturers are expected over the next 90 days. The NetPC will take full advantage of a wide range of management innovations that Intel, Microsoft and other industry leaders are working to introduce across all business PCs.
NetPC features include the following:
-- All hardware devices can be recognized and managed by software, aiding in successful remote troubleshooting and repair.
-- NetPCs can be managed remotely via standard interfaces and protocols.
-- Systems can be automatically configured and installed over the network.
-- NetPCs can be automatically updated in off-hour periods.
-- There are no ISA (1) (Instruction Set Architecture) See instruction set.
(2) (Interactive Services Association) See Internet Alliance.
(3) (Internet Security and Acceleration) See .NET. slots, ensuring that all hardware devices can be recognized and managed by software.
-- A sealed case prevents modifications by end users to the hardware configuration.
"The NetPC will quickly deliver what will soon be available to all business PCs: the latest total cost of ownership (TCO (1) (Total Cost of Ownership) The cost of using a computer. It includes the cost of the hardware, software and upgrades as well as the cost of the inhouse staff and/or consultants that provide training and technical support. See ROI. )-reducing innovations in network manageability to complement the power, flexibility and compatibility of high-performance Intel-based systems A computer that uses a CPU from Intel, typically a Core or earlier Pentium chip. Also known as an "x86-based system." The x86 designation comes from the 8086 family of chips, which was used in the first PC and the ancestor of all that followed: 286, 386, 486, Pentium and Core. ," said Pat Gelsinger Pat Gelsinger was the first Chief Technology Officer of Intel Corporation. He is currently a Senior Vice-president and General Manager of the Digital Enterprise Group. , vice president and general manager of the Desktop Products Group at Intel.
"We believe the NetPC is a great business computer because it delivers compatibility with today's standard PC and network infrastructure with dramatically reduced management and support costs," said Jim Allchin, senior vice president of the personal and business systems group at Microsoft. "In addition, we expect many of the innovative NetPC features to find their way into other PC product lines."
The NetPC is the latest step in Intel's Wired for Management Wired for Management (WfM) was a primarily hardware-based system allowing a newly built computer without any software to be manipulated by a master computer that could access the hard disk of the new PC to paste the install program. initiative and Microsoft's Zero Administration Initiative for Windows(R) to further reduce the costs of business computing by boosting the manageability of networked PCs while enhancing the strategic and productivity benefits of high-performance PC computing. Customers who purchase NetPCs will see immediate benefits from central administration, remote network configuration, off-hour maintenance and constant monitoring.
In addition, customers who purchase NetPC systems this year will be assured a seamless migration path to advanced management capabilities in future versions of the Windows operating systems Operating systems can be categorized by technology, ownership, licensing, working state, usage, and by many other characteristics. In practice, many of these groupings may overlap. .
Intel and Microsoft will work jointly to incorporate the NetPC manageability innovations into the next generation of the PC hardware design guidelines, which the companies will co-author co·au·thor or co-au·thor
A collaborating or joint author.
tr.v. co·au·thored, co·au·thor·ing, co·au·thors
To be a collaborating or joint author of: "He and a colleague . . . . That effort will build upon today's hardware guidelines, PC97, to define the requirements for business and consumer systems to take full advantage of the latest platform developments that are emerging and the software innovations delivered by Windows operating systems and Windows-based applications.
Support from Co-Authors of the NetPC Reference Specification
"Compaq is committed to continue delivering the most manageable PCs with the lowest Total Cost of Ownership in the industry," said Mike Winkler Winkler may refer to:
Quarterly sales $2499M, profits $210M (Aug 1994).
http://compaq.com/. . "We believe customers will be able to maintain their investments in industry-standard hardware and software with the NetPC. Compaq has taken an active role in defining the NetPC Design Guidelines and will continue to work on the broad industry review of the guidelines."
"The release of the NetPC reference specification is an important step toward helping enterprise computing Refers to information technology in the larger company. See enterprise data and enterprise networking. customers reduce their costs of ownership," said Eric Harslem, senior vice president, Products and Technology Strategy, Dell Computer Corporation (company) Dell Computer Corporation - One of the biggest US manufacturers of IBM PC compatibles.
"From notebooks to networks", their slogan says.
"Dell has consistently supported open standards Specifications for hardware and software that are developed by a standards organization or a consortium involved in supporting a standard. Available to the public for developing compliant products, open standards imply "open systems;" that an existing component in a system can be replaced , which is one of the reasons we have participated closely in development of this NetPC specification. We believe a highly manageable PC, based on Microsoft and Intel solutions, offers the best route for customers looking to reduce their overall cost of ownership. This standard of manageability can extend across the full range of PCs and applications in most large businesses. It also offers customers a totally managed approach, based on open industry standards, within the framework of their existing environments. The NetPC and other manageable PC platforms, combined with system software solutions from Microsoft and good technology management practices, can help customers significantly lower their costs of ownership."
"The NetPC will be a particularly appealing option for mission critical, task-oriented end users," said Jacques C. Clay, general manager in charge of the commercial PC business for Hewlett-Packard Company. "When deployed with leading industry standard desktop and system management tools, we anticipate that NetPCs will enable organizations to significantly reduce PC ownership costs. We continue to view the NetPC as a seamless extension to our Vectra business PC family -- highly reliable and manageable yet unrestrained by the performance and compatibility limitations inherent in competitive designs."
Intel, the world's largest chip maker, is committed to advancing the managed, connected PC for high-performance business computing while reducing management and support costs. Information about Intel is available from the company's site on the World Wide Web at http://www.intel.com/pressroom/.
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