Industry luminaries squabbled over the significance of network computers (NC) last week, increasing doubts that Oracle has persuaded Intel the future lies in cheap PCs.
An apparently fit Andy Grove, CEO of Intel, told an audience in Hong Kong that more powerful PCs would appear in the future, rather than the $500 NC touted by Oracle CEO Larry Ellison. Grove is recovering from prostate cancer.
Last month Ellison said Grove had accepted NCs would play a key role in the future of computing (PC Dealer, 17 April). He did not repeat his claim that Boeing had bought 100,000 NCs, which a company representative denied last week.
But at the Internet World show in California last week, Microsoft CEO Bill Gates took a neutral stance. He pushed the latest iteration of Internet Explorer, the company's browser.
Yet even as Gates spoke, evidence emerged from market research company Dataquest that Netscape Navigator had already won the battle of the Web browsers. According to figures released by Dataquest, Navigator holds 84 per cent of the market with Explorer coming a poor second with seven per cent.
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