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MICROSOFT GETS HEAVYWEIGHT OEM BACKING FOR ITS LAN MANAGER

Microsoft Corp, Redmond, Washington, has revealed the names of 29 OEM customers that have committed to licence its OS/2 LAN Manager software. Speaking at the second Microsoft Advanced Network Development Conference in New York the other day, the company’s vice president of systems software, Steve Ballimor, said that a total of 35 companies now had licensing plans for the MS OS/2 LAN Manager, which IBM is implementing as its own local area network server, which is due out in November: at Uniforum earlier this year communications companies 3Com, Excelan, Digital Communications Associates and Torus Ltd made announcements, and Hewlett-Packard Co said it was working with Microsoft to port the LAN Manager onto Unix servers. That product, LM/X, is still under development according to Hewlett-Packard, although potential customers are numerous amongst the list of those who will license the LAN Manager: Alcatel, Alloy Computer Products, Apricot, AT&T, BICC, Bull, Cogent, Communications Machinery Corp, Convergent Inc, Corvus, ICL, Madge Networks, Micom, NCR, NEC, Nixdorf, Nokia Data, Olivetti, Retix, Siemens, SMT Goupil, Standard Microsystems, Tandem, Televideo, Toshiba, Ungermann-Bass and Western Digital. Ballmer said that the LAN Manager’s standard network transport protocols would ensure that LAN Manager networks from any OEM customer would remain compatible with all other versions. Five other vendors – Apollo Computer, Compaq, Tandon, Wyse and Zenith – announced support for the LAN Manager without disclosing specific intent to license the product.

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