Microsoft's Network Wares Still Aren't Connecting

When it was introduced a year ago, Windows NT was supposed to lead Microsoft Corp.'s triumphant advance beyond the desktop. NT, for New Technology, would extend Microsoft's software empire to "servers," the powerful computers at the heart of the client-server networks increasingly replacing mainframes and minicomputers. After five years of work and $100 million in development costs, Bill Gates was so sure NT would be a hit that he predicted it would easily sell 1 million copies in the first 12 months. Today, analysts put the number closer to 300,000 and say only a third are on servers, Gates's strategic target.

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