Intel en Microsoft zullen morgen op het Workstation Leadership Forum een gezamelijke presentatie houden tbv de promotie van de "Wintel" architectuur voor workstations:
Gates, the chief executive of Microsoft, and Barrett, his counterpart at Intel, will be the featured speakers tomorrow at the Workstation Leadership Forum in Burlingame, California. The two executives will be joined by corporate customers as well as other executives.
[...] The move into workstations has clearly benefited both companies and their computing allies. Intel/Windows NT workstations are growing at a compound annual growth rate of approximately 24.8 percent, according to figures provided by the companies from IDC while revenues are growing at around 20 percent.
By contrast, sales of traditional RISC/Unix workstations are shrinking by around 5 percent in terms of units and 9.5 percent when it comes to revenue. Moreover, Wintel-based machines are increasing in performance and power, and in the process, competing more directly against RISC machines in all segments of the market. In the past, Wintel workstations were more prevalent in less power-intensive markets, such as finance, and not as widely accepted in markets with extravagant graphics needs, such as film and video.
The movement, however, isn't as lockstep as it looks. Although its market share remains small, the Linux operating system is growing in popularity among workstation users as an alternative to both
Windows NT and Unix. Even stalwart Microsoft allies like Dell Computer are loading it onto their workstations.