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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