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PC Week: Hospital concerned over prospect of embedded NT

Mar 02, 1999, 11:33 (10 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jo Maitland)

"Microsoft's plan to put embedded NT into non PC devices has come under fire from NHS IT managers, who fear it could cause chaos on hospital networks.

PC Week learned last week that London's Charing Cross Hospital is in talks with 3Com over concerns that the networking company is to embed NT on its hardware.

'3Com's plans to embed NT are extremely worrying for us as our network runs almost entirely on 3Com equipment,' explained Matt Williamson, head of networking and IT at Charing Cross Hospital.

He said: 'Put it this way - I wouldn't want to be a patient in a hospital that was running Windows NT. It doesn't even offer a vague shade of reliability.'

Windows NT Embedded 4.0 for non PC devices went into beta last week. The product is aimed at telecommunications, retail point of sales devices, high speed copiers, manufacturing, office automation, medical patient systems and network equipment, such as routers."

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