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October 18, 1995


By CBR Staff Writer

To celebrate its twentieth anniversary, Prologue SA has launched two products – TwinServer and WinTimes – that put it on the direct attack against Novell Inc’s market and, on the other side, ally it with Windows NT. TwinServer is an operating system, multi-system file, applications and peripherals server for iAPX-86, from 80286 to Pentium, and compatible personal computers, that offers, simultaneously, multi-user and local network technologies. It federates various types of heterogeneous configurations and manages different users. WinTimes, which has been launched this month in the US by Sun River Inc and in the rest of the world by Byfleet, Surrey-based Specialix Ltd, is a multi-user graphical environment based on Windows NT. The product was developed with NT source code that Prologue was the first in Europe to acquire, said the review Logiciels et Systemes. Prologue chief executive Georges Seban noted that WinTimes seems ready to take off in the US, since there are several US companies developing with it. Its success in France and Europe will come from there; it must be said that Windows NT has taken off sharply in the US, while in Europe and notably in France, users are extremely timid on the subject, he said. Despite the diversification represented by the two products, Prologue’s own operating system is not dead. It still claims an installed base of 200,000 sites, or 600,000 users, in Europe and the company said it sells 15,000 every year. Prologue was created as an offshoot of R2E, Realisations Etudes Electroniques SA, the company that in 1975 came out with an 8080-based board computer, and then in 1977 came out with the world’s first luggable computer (it was built into a overnight case-size suitcase and included a built-in printer) as well as processor, screen and disk drive, and created the development language BAL. In 1980, R2E created the first microprocessor multi-user operating system Prologue. In 1982, the company was bought by Compagnie des Machines Bull SA and became the Bull Micral arm of the company, where it created a local network technology SOR, which was a precursor to client-server architecture. In 1986, Prologue SA was born as a wholly owned subsidiary of Bull. The following year, the company launched Abal, the new version of its language that opened it up to MS-DOS, Unix, Windows and VMS. Finally, in 1991, the company’s employees bought their independence from Bull.

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