NetPC launch this summer

Intel and Microsoft will publish an expanded version of the NetPC specification, which hardware vendors will use to create systems that are due this summer. The first NetPC systems will cost less than $1000 and lower the overall cost of PC ownership by making the machines centrally managed and configured. All NetPCs will include management and diagnostic software, a small, sealed chassis without expansion bays or floppy or CD-ROM drives, integrated networking, USB support for attaching multiple peripherals, and an "instant-On" feature that will allow the machines to turn on quickly like TVs and radios. Companies that plan to make NetPCs include NEC, Hewlett-Packard, Compaq, Gateway, and Dell Computer

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