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A reluctant Silicon Graphics Inc has finally admitted that it’s planning to launch an Intel Corp-based Windows NT box sometime in the second half of next year (CI No 3,220). A report in the New York Times quoted William Kelly, senior vice president of corporate operations at Silicon Graphics as saying that the new box won’t ship in the company’s current financial year, ending on June 1998. Kelly said he expected big volume business from the new line. Our goal is to be the No.1 engineering workstation company, and you can’t do that without having an NT product. Others at the company claimed the comments did not amount to a product announcement, and the company would not do it at all if it wasn’t a value-added proposition. The NT offerings will be at the low end of the range, and targeted at certain markets, said the company.

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