Many mobile users are choosing Windows NT over Windows 95.
Compaq is pre-loading Windows 95 and Windows NT 4.0 on its notebooks and making them available as a dual-install.
Compaq’s desktop and notebook products manager, George Hladilo, says Compaq is finding more and more of the market is using NT Workstation on the desktop and NT for notebooks.
“IS managers feel notebooks should be like another client on the LAN and as easy to manage as desktops,” says Hladilo. “They want NT on the notebook to take advantage of the security and power conservation benefits that come with Windows 95.”
Compaq’s latest notebook offering, the Armada 7700, offers either Win95 and NT 4.0e
IBM’s Australasian notebooks manager, Tim Gunnell, says dual-install Windows 95 and NT is a common feature for many notebooks.
IBM recently announced a range of products with LAN management features called “Wakeup on LAN”. This powers up a computer over the network so IS managers can service remotely from their desktop.
IBM is also introducing third-party registration and laser etching of components within machines for better asset control and to discourage theft of high-value parts such as memory.
Gunnell says he has not found the pre-loading of NT on the IBM 760 notebook has been taken up quickly but a lot of customers are interested.
“They are waiting for power management and plug and play [from NT],” he says. “Many customers are also waiting to jump from Windows 3.1 to NT, especially with the number of vendors talking about supporting Windows NT.”
IBM hopes to announce Pentium II desktop machines for its high-end PC300XL range in early June.
Toshiba product manager Laurie White says there has been a lot of interest in running NT on Toshiba notebooks but the official policy is to wait for NT 5.0.
However, demand has prompted Toshiba to release NT 4.0 on a special utility pack.
“The main reason for preferring Windows NT 5.0 over 4.0 is that we hope Microsoft will spend more effort on the mobile side. NT 5.0 is where you’ll see Windows NT purposefully built for mobile users.”
Compaq’s new “towerable” notebooks are available with 150MHz or 166MHz Pentium MMX chips.
Prices start at $8395 (ex GST) for the 150MHz Armada 7710T with a 1.6Gb hard drive and 16Mb of RAM, expandable to 144Mb, and go up to a 166MHz MMX Pentium processor, 2.1Gb hard drive and 32Mb of RAM expandable to 144Mb, selling for $10,995, ex GST.