Microsoft Removes Technical Limitation in Windows NT Workstation 4.0 Beta

REDMOND, Wash., July 19, 1996 — Microsoft Corp. today announced that it has decided to remove a technical limitation under evaluation in the Microsoft® Windows NT® Workstation operating system version 4.0 beta that restricted inbound TCP/IP connections to 10 unique IP addresses. The company appreciates the rigorous customer beta testing and subsequent customer feedback that led to this decision.

Microsoft believes this decision is in the best interests of the large number of customers who are planning to base their Internet and intranet solutions on Windows NT. This decision will also help customers deploying distributed peer-to-peer applications. During the beta period, Microsoft found that various user scenarios were affected by the proposed limits in the TCP/IP stack.

Microsoft believes customers are best served by a production Web server that runs on a dedicated mission-critical server such as Windows NT Server. In contrast, Windows NT Workstation is optimized for use as an interactive workstation. Microsoft will introduce a compelling upgrade to make it easier for customers testing or running Web servers on Windows NT Workstation 3.51 to upgrade and take advantage of the high-performance tuning of Windows NT Server 4.0. Pricing and availability will be announced later.

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