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Jun 29, 1999, 20:38 (1 Talkback[s])
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"[Microsoft CEO] Bill Gates and [Intel CEO] Craig Barrett will highlight a dual company event tomorrow focused on promoting workstations based around the 'Wintel' architecture.

Gates... and Barrett... will be the featured speakers tomorrow at the Workstation Leadership Forum in Burlingame, California. The two executives will be joined by corporate customers as well as other executives. ... Intel is also expected to give an update on Merced, its long-awaited 64-bit processors."

"The move into workstations has clearly benefited both companies and their computing allies. Intel/Windows NT workstations are growing at a compound annual growth rate of approximately 24.8 percent, according to figures provided by the companies from IDC while revenues are growing at around 20 percent."

"The movement, however, isn't as lockstep as it looks. Although its market share remains small, the Linux operating system is growing in popularity among workstation users as an alternative to both Windows NT and Unix. Even stalwart Microsoft allies like Dell Computer are loading it onto their workstations."

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