Oracle boss applauds Microsoft Net PC

Oracle head Larry Ellison says that his company is 'thrilled that Microsoft is endorsing the NC'.

Oracle head Larry Ellison says that his company is "thrilled that Microsoft is endorsing the NC".

Microsoft, which has formerly dismissed the network computer as invalid, last week introduced a NetPC that is similar to an NC but with a hard drive.

While Microsoft claims the NetPC is more than a network computer, Ellison claims that it is not. "The NetPC is absolutely an NC," Ellison says.

Ellison also says that Oracle is talking to Santa Cruz Operations (SCO) to license some of its Unix-based technology to include on its Network Computing Architecture (NCA). However, Ellison says that Unix won't be a major part of the NC's operating system.

"This won't be Unix as you know it," he says. "This is the '90s after all. We need to move away from proprietary operating systems, not just including Windows."

Ellison claims that Oracle is not focusing its NC on any particular market, including either the corporate or home markets. Calling the NC "a communications device", he likens the NC to a telephone in its widespread usage.

Oracle has predicted that NCs will be in 90% of US homes by the year 2000. And Ellison says that the company will be installing "major NC deployments" in global corporations by next year. "This is the next telephone," he says.

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