Microsoft has backed off on a proposal that could have adversely affected smaller customers, by imposing a TCP/IP connection policy that limited the use of NT Workstation 4.0 as a Web server.
The restriction, found in the current beta of NT Workstation 4.0, allowed only 10 TCP/IP connections per every 10 minutes.
A Microsoft spokesman says the company now plans not to enforce this policy. NT 4.0 is expected to be formally announced on July 31 and shipped in September.
If Microsoft had decided to ship NT Workstation 4.0 with this limitation, it would have stifled deployment of Web servers, particularly at small sites that do not want to deploy a more expensive server operating system, says one Web server software publisher. The base price of NT Server is US$999, and the Workstation costs US$319. Server OSes generally carry higher administrative costs.