Microsoft launches NT 4.0

Microsoft has launched its much-anticipated Windows NT 4.0, unveiling a Windows 95-style interface and other features it says will make the operating system easier to use.

Microsoft has launched its much-anticipated Windows NT 4.0, unveiling a Windows 95-style interface and other features it says will make the operating system easier to use.

Software and hardware manufacturers have followed the launch of NT Workstation 4.0 and NT Server 4.0 with a flurry of products they say will support or enhance the new operating system. Among them are Novell, Digital and Packard Bell NEC.

In addition to the Windows 95-style GUI, the new version of NT Workstation features built-in Web access via Microsoft's Internet Explorer browser, and Peer Web Services, which allow users to publish HTML documents to corporate intranets. Other features are aimed at making it easier for users to manage their desktops, officials say, including Setup Manager, User Profiles and System Policies.

Microsoft is expected to ship the product within the next month. NT Workstation will cost $569; upgrading from the previous version will be $269 (prices ex GST).

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