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Net Options

The new desktop computers are supposed to be easier to manage than traditional 
PCs and cost less than the $10,521 a year it takes to support one Windows 95 
machine with maintenance, training, and upgrades. Here are the options on the 
market today:

ANNUALIZED COST    WHAT IT IS                                 WHO'S BEHIND IT
OF OWNERSHIP

NETPC              A standard PC stripped of add-in slots,    Intel, Compaq,
$7,799             CD-ROMs, and floppy-disk drives. Although  Dell, HP, Acer,   
                   designed for a network, it includes a      Gateway 2000,
                   harddisk drive and can function as a       IBM, NEC,
                   standalone computer running Windows and    Mitsubishi,
                   Java applications.                         Unisys, Mitac,
                                                              others.

NETWORK            A new desktop computer design based on     Oracle, Sun,
COMPUTERS          chips including the PowerPC, Intel,        Netscape, IBM,
$6,159             Sparc and DEC's ''Strong Arm.'' The        Network Comput-   
                   machine does not include any local storage ing Devices,
                   device and therefore must be tethered      DEC, Zenith,
                   to a network for Java or Windows           Acron.
                   applications.

WINDOWS            These terminals do not require powerful    Microsoft,
TERMINALS          processors and can use older Intel micro-  Wyse, others.
$7,012             processors such as a 286, but this                   
                   approach requires a powerful server.

DATA: GARTNER GROUP


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