Sales of Microsoft Windows NT Server 4.0 Skyrocket

REDMOND, Wash., Sept. 18, 1996 — Microsoft Corp. today announced that sales of the Windows NT® Server network operating system version 4.0 have reached more than 150,000 units in the first 30 days since its release, reaffirming its position as the world’s best-selling server operating system.

Results just released by International Data Corp. (IDC) show the rapid customer adoption of Windows NT Server.
“Windows NT Server posted another strong quarter,”
said Philip Johnson, program director, server operating environments at IDC.
“In the second quarter of 1996, sales of Windows NT Server grew at nearly double the rate of other server operating system environments, while sales of NetWare were flat compared with the same period in 1995.”

The rapid customer acceptance of Windows NT Server 4.0 is a direct result of customer-driven enhancements, including improved ease of use and manageability, higher performance and scalability, and integrated intranet and Internet functionality.

“During the design process for Windows NT Server 4.0, we spent a lot of time listening to customers in order to deliver the integrated Internet and intranet platform they need,”
said Jim Allchin, senior vice president of the desktop and business systems division at Microsoft.
“The incredible rate at which Windows NT Server is being deployed is testament to having delivered a high-quality, rock-solid platform for intranets and the Internet that provides measurable benefits.”

Large corporations are deploying Windows NT Server 4.0 and migrating from legacy network operating systems because of the scalability capabilities, comprehensive Internet and intranet functionality, and lower cost that Microsoft® Windows NT Server 4.0 provides for their mission-critical operations. The large organizations deploying Windows NT Server 4.0 include Bell Atlantic Corp., Continental Airlines, General Motors Corp., Lockheed Martin Corp., Monsanto Co. and Saturn Corp.

“One of the biggest reasons we went with Windows NT Server 4.0 is because we want our retail stores to be absolutely Internet-compatible,”
said Ken Roesler, GM project manager for GM ACCESS. The Windows NT Server-based GM ACCESS project will improve productivity in GM dealerships.
“Fifty percent of the time spent with a customer is spent figuring out the price of a product. In this new environment, we can present that information immediately. This directly benefits the bottom line.”

Pricing and Availability

Microsoft Windows NT Server 4.0 is currently available for approximately $1,129 for the 10-user version. Customers with previous versions of Windows NT Server can upgrade to version 4.0 for approximately $539 for the 10-user version. Additional information on pricing for Windows NT Server 4.0 is available at under Evaluating.

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