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Thu, Sep 25, 1997
SEPT 25, 1997
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Hello Everyone,

Some VERY interesting news from the Microsoft Developers Conference!

Here you go...

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* WINDOWS NT 5.0 BETA DELIVERED TO OVER 200,000 DEVELOPERS. LARGEST
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPERS CONFERENCE EVER FOCUSES ON WINDOWS NT 5.0 AS
FOUNDATION FOR A NEW GENERATION OF APPLICATIONS

* HYDRA (MULTI-USER NT) IS NOT GOING TO BE PART OF NT 5

* NEW 90MEG(!) OPTION PACK FOR NT 4.0!

* A NEW NT STORAGE FOUNDATION / MICROSOFT SOFTWARE MANAGES DISTRIBUTED
NETWORK STORAGE

* MICROSOFT OUTLINES VISION FOR WINDOWS AT SOLD-OUT DEVELOPER CONFERENCE
ARTICULATES STRATEGY FOR ERASING BOUNDARIES BETWEEN PCS AND THE INTERNET

* NT 5.0 GOES TO PUBLIC BETA: HERE IS THE NEXT SHOT IN THE OS-WARS
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Sept 23, at the Microsoft(R) Professional Developers Conference (PDC), MS 
announced the release of the first beta version of the Windows NT(R) Server
version 5.0 and Windows NT Workstation 5.0 operating systems. Beta code
will be handed out to the 6,200 developers in attendance and will also be
distributed to key corporate customers and 200,000 developers via the
Microsoft Developer Network. The attendance this year is 50 percent more
than last year.

"We are pleased to officially kick off testing of Windows NT 5.0 with
this beta release," said Jim Allchin, senior vice president, personal
business systems group at Microsoft. "We are eager to get developer 
feedback so we can build the highest-quality product upon which they can
base their business."

At the PDC, Microsoft also plans to release an update to the Designed for
Windows Logo Handbook that includes a draft of the technical requirements
for software to carry the "Designed for Windows NT 5.0 & Windows 98" logo.

More information: http://www.microsoft.com/windows/thirdparty/winlogo/.

Windows NT Workstation continues to show interesting growth, with shipments
increasing by 177 percent annually (source: International Data Corp.). In
addition, in the past six months, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs)
have more than doubled the number of machines on which they preinstall
Windows NT Workstation.

The next beta version is scheduled to include enhancements in many areas 
such as IntelliMirror(TM) PC management technology, broader device support 
and better migration tools, and will address customer feedback from beta 1. 
The final release date for Windows NT 5.0 has not been set.

Windows NT Server 5.0

Planned features and functionality in version 5.0 of Windows NT Server will
help deliver the following benefits:

Reduce the cost of ownership of managing enterprise computing resources. 
To achieve this, Windows NT Server 5.0 includes Active Directory, providing 
a platform that unifies the access and management of network and operating 
system resources. Windows NT Server 5.0 includes centralized configuration 
management, unified instrumentation, integrated console management and the 
server components of IntelliMirror.

Windows NT Server 5.0 enables distributed Internet applications. Integrated
services, such as Active Directory, message queuing, transactioning and
Web serving.

NT 5.0 is more targeted toward the enterprise, it has enhanced scalability, 
higher availability, hierarchical storage management and distributed
security to build mission-critical enterprise environments.

Scalability is improved via further SMP optimization, Intelligent I/O,
and support for larger memory capacity on 64-bit processors.
Also included are new storage management features such as disk quotas,
encrypted file system, and two-tier hierarchy, including support for
optical media. Distributed security services, integrated with Active
Directory, offer fine-grain access control and delegation of admin tasks,
as well as integrated Internet security technology based on public-key
cryptography for higher levels of data integrity and privacy across public
networks.

NT Workstation claims lowest TCO of any Windows-based desktop. Utilizing
IntelliMirror management technologies, IS managers will be able to
automatically deploy and maintain applications without "touching" the
desktop as well as mirror users' environments to quickly "replace" a PC.

It provides a "superset" of Windows 98. Windows NT Workstation 5.0 will
have some key ease-of-use features found in Windows 98, such as full
Internet integration and Plug and Play, and support for the latest 
hardware and power management.
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* HYDRA (MULTI-USER NT) IS NOT GOING TO BE PART OF NT 5

When developers get a beta version of NT 5.0 at the PDC in San Diego, 
the "Hydra" multiuser product won't be included. Neither will it be
included in NT 5.0 when that ships end of next year. John Fredericksen, 
who is group product manager at Microsoft, confirmed last week that 
Hydra (using Citrix Systems' WinFrame) to display applications locally 
while running them remotely on a server-will be released as an add-on 
to NT 4.0 and 5.0. The functionality "is important to key customers," 
he said, "but not to all customers."
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* NEW 90MEG(!) OPTION PACK FOR NT 4.0!

All right my friends, here is some _really_ interesting news. Microsoft
has decided to split out the service packs into Option Packs for new
features and Service Packs for bug fixes (what they were intended to
be in the first place).

Microsoft announced the Beta 3 of the first Windows NT Server 4.0 
Option Pack, a bundle of application and communication technologies.

The Option Pack includes the third beta versions of Internet Information
Server (IIS) 4.0, Message Queue Server 1.0, Certificate Server 1.0, Index
Server 2.0, and Site Server Express. Also included are IE 4.0 for NT4.0
and the remote access services for virtual private networking, code-named 
BaseCamp.

The kicker, they are now talking about "final pricing" for the package, 
(that has not been set yet) which Microsoft hopes to ship by the end 
of the year. I'm expecting this to be a trial balloon testing the market
to see if they get a storm of protests. The technologies are slated to 
be included in NT 5.0, which is expected late '98.

"This will all be ultimately rolled into NT 5.0, but a lot of this
functionality has to do with the overall Windows programming model so we
wanted to get it to developers and have them start to integrate it and
starting writing stuff for it as soon as possible", said Jonathan Perera,
lead product manager for IIS.

I went over to the MS website where the option pack is downloadable
(still for free ) and Guess What?

If you choose all the option, it is chopped up in a whopping 53
chunks and totals 89.6Meg in total!! That's enough for a whole
new operating system and then some... There is also a CD available
for the few people left that don't have a T-1 Internet connection ;-)

http://backoffice.microsoft.com/downtrial/optionpack.asp
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A NEW NT STORAGE FOUNDATION / MICROSOFT SOFTWARE MANAGES DISTRIBUTED 
NETWORK STORAGE

A software developer tapped by Microsoft to write the storage management 
service component of Windows NT 5.0 will roll out a new product next week
that could serve as a storage foundation for a distributed network
environment. This product will be available via Sunbelt Software.

With the release of its Storage Resource Manager (SRM) 1.0, HighGround
Systems said it believes it has the answer for system administrators 
who are burdened with too much data and too little time to find out 
how effectively its being stored.

SRM reports on and analyzes disk information across networks running
either Windows NT 3.51 or 4.0. According to Tom Rose, HighGround's vice
president of product marketing, SRM provides consolidated views of disk
layout, configuration, capacity and utilization. A Web browser component
enables manages to track back up operations using either Internet 
Explorer or Netscape Navigator.

The release of SRM, as well as other forthcoming resource manager
applications, comes at a critical time for data administrators. Storage
allocation, they say, is becoming a big issue.

"I need a tool that will give me a snapshot of all my drives, how they are
being used, when they are being used, all across the network, so that I can
plan more effectively," says Greg Hurst, a system analyst with Century
Technologies Inc., who tested SRM for HighGround. "I need to see the 
storage resources I have and determine usage trends in order to make 
sure we have what we need."

Hurst said he hopes SRM will let him keep track of his resources effectively. "I haven't seen anything like this on the market yet. So far, 
it looks good."

Mirror, Mirror

Along with SRM, HighGround also is releasing an NT-compatible backup and
recovery application called Media Mirror. Media Mirror creates media tape
replicas during normal backup operations, making it easier for
administrators to track backup procedures, according to HighGround's Rose.

SRM and Media Mirror are typical of the tools Boxborough, Mass.-based
HighGround anticipates releasing over the next year to help it capitalize
on the storage management marketplace.

With that in mind, both products are built on NT Media Service Changer,
the open API HighGround is writing for Microsoft as part of NT 5.0. NTMS
will make it possible for applications to share storage resources with
other applications. The end result, backers maintain, is that
administrators will be able to manage a variety of removable storage
devices, including tape, CD-ROM, optical, drives and robotic libraries via
a single, uniform interface.

"Accessing storage from anywhere in the network is key," Rose said. "As
thin clients get more popular, it will increase the burden on the network.
Companies will be installing bigger and faster servers, and they will need
access to libraries that can be placed anywhere in the network."

Full Product Announcement and downloadable code will be made available 
next week Wednesday October first.
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* MICROSOFT OUTLINES VISION FOR WINDOWS AT SOLD-OUT DEVELOPER CONFERENCE
ARTICULATES STRATEGY FOR ERASING BOUNDARIES BETWEEN PCS AND THE INTERNET

Microsoft Corp. kicked off an international campaign to provide developers 
with an architectural road map for future development, tools and info to
build next-generation software applications. Over the next year, MS 
will directly reach an expected 750,000 developers with this educational
effort, providing them with the capabilities to synthesize the personal 
computer with the global connectivity of the Internet.

Paul Maritz announced a series of Windows(R)-based products and 
technologies that deliver this vision. Discussion topics will include a
new development framework called the Windows Distributed interNet
Applications (DNA) architecture, the evolution of Microsoft's Component
Object Model (COM) technology, and core features of the Windows NT(R) 5.0
operating system that assist in the development of powerful new
applications. 

"More than 90 percent of the 5.6 million professional developers worldwide
are taking advantage of Microsoft products," said Tod Nielsen, general
manager of developer relations at Microsoft. "The result is that we get
constant feedback from developers all over the world. The PDC is designed
to outline Microsoft's plans and help developers understand our direction
so they can make better technology decisions."

Points made available via the new architecture:

Web computing without compromise. Developers want to take advantage of 
the Internet without compromising their ability to exploit advances 
in PC technology.

Interoperability. Developers want the applications they build to work
with their existing applications, and to not require intensive effort and
massive resources to deploy into a working environment.

True integration. To help developers build scalable applications, key
capabilities such as security, management, transaction monitoring and
directory services need to be developed, tested and delivered as integral
features of the underlying platform. Historically, computing platforms
have supplied these critical services as piecemeal, nonintegrated offerings 
from multiple vendors, which requires developers to function as system
integrators.

Lower cost of ownership. Developers want to provide their customers
with applications that are easy to deploy and manage, thus helping them
reduce their cost of ownership of both desktop and server computing.

Faster time to market. Developers want to be able to achieve all of
the preceding objectives while meeting tight schedules and using mainstream
development tools, and without massive re-education in the way they 
build software.

Windows DNA and COM deliver to developers the framework of the future 
for Windows and Web application development.
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* NT 5.0 GOES TO PUBLIC BETA: HERE IS THE NEXT SHOT IN THE OS-WARS

So, NT 5.0 Beta is out. Very likely it is going to be more like
late alpha software providing a "first look" on how it's going to
be. This beta is like loading a torpedo in it's chamber. Next year
this time we will see that shot being fired. 

You may ask yourself: Are Netscape and Novell in the line of fire? Or
will they have changed course and stay afloat?

All this noise is of course completely invisible for the people not
close-up to the industry. For them Windows 98 is probably more important.
Not for us though, as we know that in 2000 NT is going to be preinstalled
on _everything_ from PC to Enterprise server.

Earlier versions of NT have already claimed victims. Last week, Artisoft,
the maker of networking software for small- and medium-sized businesses,
pushed out its CEO and essentially raised the white flag, declaring the 
company has unsuccessfully competed against NT and Windows.

And quite a few of the problems of Novell, which just a few years ago 
owned 80 percent of the networking software market, have come from
NT. Now Novell's share has slipped to 50 percent, while Microsoft has
garnered 25 percent and is rising, according to market researcher
International Data Corp.

But in the nine months or so between this beta and the expected release 
of 5.0, Novell and Netscape will have time to bolster their own network 
offerings. Novell wants to marry its knowledge of corporate networks 
with the wild waters of the Net. And Netscape wants to create Internet-
based networking solutions that build on its expertise in servers, 
e-mail and browsers.

If they can find the silver bullet, Microsoft will be kept on its toes
for years to come. If not, the torpedo will be aimed on their bottom line.


That's all for this NewsFlash, see you next week :-)

Warm regards,

Stu Sjouwerman

(email me with feedback: [email protected])