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PC Week: Thin [clients] will not be in

Sep 11, 1999, 18:49 (13 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jeff Moad)

"Thin clients are dead. Long live thin clients. That seemed to be the message this week when, no sooner had Lotus pulled the plug on eSuite, the product that was supposed to light a fire under the thin-client market, than Sun Microsystems and its allies were announcing what amounted to Thin Client II, the Sequel."

"...the design of many of the first thin-client devices was seriously flawed. The JavaStation, for example, turned out to have its own—albeit thin—operating system that would, yes, need to be maintained and upgraded from time to time. eSuite was late and limited. The initial version, for example, didn't run on PCs or integrate with Notes.

Most significantly, though, the first wave of thin clients stalled when Microsoft, Intel and PC hardware OEMs responded by aggressively driving down the price of entry-level PCs and introducing Windows-friendly "thinish" clients of their own. Suddenly, a $600 graphical terminal didn't look like such a great deal."

"So does this second wave of thin clients have a better chance of dethroning the PC? I don't think so."

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