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May 21, 1997updated 05 Sep 2016 12:53pm


By CBR Staff Writer

Pennsylvania-based HDS Network Systems Inc hopes to further establish its @workStation Network Computer line as a viable alternative to the personal computer with the announcement of a series of additions to the original system launched in June 1996 (CI No 2,933). The @workStation range currently runs Windows applications on a central server but also offers local capabilities including Java, 32-bit terminal emulators and electronic-mail. New features include Windows printing and floppy drive access, Windows multimedia applications and support for CIFS Common Internet File System, the Windows file system that enables personal computers to share files with each other. The additions work in conjunction with Insignia Solutions Inc’s Ntrigue multi user Windows NT operating systems, an enhanced version of Citrix Systems Inc’s WinFrame. HDS’ vice president of marketing, Michael Kantrowitz, maintains the new additions will be available immediately ‘at no additional cost’ with prices for the @workStation Network Computer starting at $700. Since launching the @workStation NC range last year, HDS has sought to establish itself as a provider of low cost ‘first-to-market’ systems and received a major boost last December with a 1000 unit order from the American Association of Retired Persons, which it claims is the largest order of its type. Kantrowitz estimates the company’s current market worth at $30m but cites Zona Research figures which predict the Network Comuter market will grow from $400m in 1996 to around $4bn in 1998.

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