Still setting the pace in the Network Computer market, Mountain View, California-based Network Computing Devices Inc yesterday announced its schedule for Java on its Corporate Network Computers to integrate Windows NT, Java and legacy applications on easy-to-manage intranet-enabled desktops. It will begin shipping Java with both its Explora and HMX lines of corporate Network Computers in the fourth quarter, and a software upgrade for existing Explora and HMX machines will be available. And it is enhancing its PC-Xware remote application access software to provide Network Computer emulation on Windows personal computers. The company stresses that the products are designed for use in corporate intranets, not the home, and anyone looking for prices of $500 or lower can look again. Gartner Group Inc estimates that 20% of new shipments to the corporate desktop market in 2001 will be thin client devices. Java-enhanced NCDware will ship with Exploras and HMXs by mid-December. There is no date for Network Computer emulation within PC-Xware, which already has an optional suite of TCP/IP networking applications and Network File System for all Windows.
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