Intel is moving all of its internal desktops to Windows NT to reduce the cost of ownership of its systems, Andy Grove, president and CEO says. Intel estimates the annual cost of ownership for Windows NT to be US$6300, US$8500 for Windows 95 and US$9200 for Windows 3.1, he says. And small- to medium-sized businesses, which are particularly cost-sensitive, are target markets for systems running Windows NT and Intel's Pentium Pro microprocessor, according to Grove.
"We ramped this microprocessor faster than any other processor before and into a mainstream price point," he says. "This machine is affordable. It is mainstream and we're going to bring the price point down."
Grove was speaking at Windows NT Intranet Solutions, an event in San Francisco yesterday. Several attendees liked what they heard. "I thought it was going to be a waste of time, mostly marketing," says Dean Sheets, staff engineer at Inland Steel in East Chicago, Indiana. But I was really impressed. We're a steel company looking to go to Windows NT from Novell and mainframes and it's encouraging to see some of the directions they're taking."
Another attendee says she is pushing to get her firm to move to Windows NT and agrees with Grove's assessments of its merits. "I'm in charge of the department building an intranet and he's right, we've got to keep moving forward," says Kathryn Cowsert of Information Access, maker of full text CD-ROM databases in Foster City, California. "Intranets are something companies can't ignore and there is so much information that is crucial to integrating systems."
During a question-and-answer session following the keynote, Grove said he is not worried that so-called network computers that get their computing power and data off the network will replace PCs. "I look forward to working with the makers of these devices to make them standard with PCs," he says.