NT Workstation 5.0 -- OS Du Jour?
Over 80 percent of new office PCs now have 32 MB of RAM, or better. More hardware runs on Windows NT Workstation than on Windows 95. Leading business software is compatible with Windows NT Workstation. In addition, Windows NT Workstation is faster than Windows 95. This makes Windows NT Workstation a compelling option for the serious PC pilot.
- Reliability, security, networking, and performance are an integral part of the design of Windows NT Workstation 5.0, not kludged in as an afterthought.
- The one-two punch combo of Windows NT Server 5.0 and Workstation 5.0 supports innovative manageability features that reduce total cost of ownership (TCO).
- With IntelliMirror" PC management technology, the power and flexibility of distributed computing is combined with the reliability of a tightly managed environment. IntelliMirror intelligently mirrorings user's data, applications, system files, and administrative settings on Windows NT 5.0-based servers.
Extensive hardware and software compatibility, and comprehensive migration tools, makes Windows NT Workstation 5.0 the "something for everybody" operating system.
Plus New and enhanced features:
- New Plug and Play technology is built into the code base.
- Windows NT File System improvements
- The updated version of the Windows NT File System (NTFS) gives a number of improvements: support for disk quotas, defragment for directory structures, compressed network I/0, to name a few.
- FAT32 support
- Win32 Driver Model
This new, unified driver model for Windows NT Workstation 5.0 and Windows 98. Allows a new class of devices to have a single driver for both operating systems. Backward compatibility is extended for existing Windows NT drivers.
- Support for a new generation of hardware
Windows NT Workstation 5.0 digests the recent innovations in computer hardware:
- Advanced Configuration and Power Interface-based PCs (ACPI)
- Digital Video Disc (DVD)
Universal Sound Bus (USB)
- New accessibility tools
The Accessibility Configuration Wizard adapts Windows options to suit individual needs and preferences. For example, a low-end screen magnifier helps people with impaired vision.
- DirectX' set of APIs version 5.0
DirectX 5.0 3-D hardware acceleration works with Windows NT Workstation 5.0. Developers of games and other interactive content can access specialized hardware features without the necessity of writing device-specific code.
Integrated Internet shell
Advanced Browser functionality
Custom information delivery from the Internet
Internet communication Tools
Windows 95 upgrades now possible
Setup and manage applications
Windows Scripting Host
Microsoft Management Console
Distributed File System support
Enhanced search capabilities
New Backup utility
File system encryption
File-system encryption is a feature of Windows Workstation 5.0. With folders and/or files encryption users of Windows NT Workstation 5.0 can secure data against theft. Also those sharing a machine will still be able to ensure privacy.
- Data recovery
- Smart Card infrastructure
Smart card technology looks to be a central component of security solutions such as client authentication, single sign-on, and tamper-resistant storage of personal information. Plus, with smart cards secure portability for moving information between systems is possible.
Kerberos Release 5 security protocol gives easy, single logon access to Windows NT Server 5.0-based systems. Other environments also support this protocol.
- Minimize TCO
Windows NT Workstation 5.0 will dramatically reduce costs through product refinements and innovations such as IntelliMirror PC management technology.
With other features, will virtually eliminate the need for you to actually go to the location of an individual PC for software updates.
- The Windows 98 Superset
Windows NT Workstation 5.0 will contain the most important features of Windows 98 -- second-generation Plug and Play technology and power management, for example. Both Windows NT Workstation 5.0 and Windows 98 will have the same Web-integrated graphical user interface.
For Windows 98 information see http://www.microsoft.com/windows98/
Increased reliability, security, networking, and performance. Kerberos 5 security provides single logon validation for all Windows NT Server 5.0-based resources.
Improvements in Networking architecture makes Windows NT Workstation 5.0 PCs faster and more reliable. Data is kept secure through
an encrypted file system.
Increased hardware and application support
Windows NT Workstation 5.0 is compatible with more hardware devices than 4.0. Existing Windows NT Workstation 4.0 compatibility is maintained for both hardware and software. The new OS delivers more extensive printer driver coverage and support for the new hardware based on the Win32 Driver Model and Advanced Configuration and Power Interface (ACPI). Microsoft promises greater application compatibility testing for Windows NT Workstation 5.0 than was performed for the previous release.
With NT Workstation 5.0 new applications really find a home. New-generation applications, like those written through Windows Distributed InterNet Applications Architecture (DNA), for example, really fly with this ported and polished OS's advanced multithreading and ability to run more "services" locally.
Is Windows NT Workstation 5.0 always the best bet?
- Windows 95 Upgrade Path
This is the first release of Windows NT to support upgrades from Windows 95. As much as possible, the upgrade preserves the current configuration, including device settings, system customizations, and installed applications.
- Windows Scripting Host
Through Windows Scripting Host, scripts can be run from the user interface or the command line. This makes possible the automation of many user-interface actions.
- Distributed File System support
It's easier to find and manage data on the network with the network server component Microsoft Distributed File System (DFS) for Windows NT Server. Creating a single directory tree that includes multiple file servers and file sharing in a group, division, or enterprise is easy with DFS.
- New Backup utility.
The Windows NT Backup utility works with a wide variety of storage media. Tape drives, external hard disk drives, Zip disks, recordable CD-ROMs, and logical drives all work.
For PCs with less than 32 MB of RAM, Windows 95 (or Windows 98) is a better fit. New PCs with sufficient memory, should get Windows NT Workstation 4.0.
NT 4.0 is the best foundation for an eventual install of 5.0.
For systems with less than 32 meg of RAM, Windows 95 runs faster than Windows NT Workstation 4.0.
Windows NT Workstation 4.0 runs faster on systems with 32 MB of RAM. Realistically, 64 megs of RAM is the true minimum for today's software.
Does Windows NT Workstation 4.0 support 32-bit Windows, 16-bit Windows, and MS-DOS-based software?
Even though they share the Win32 API, some architectural differences exist between Windows NT and Windows 95 in order to optimize security and performance. Windows 95 (or Windows 98) is best at running mixed applications, including MS-DOS, 16-bit Windows, and 32-bit Windows. Although Windows NT Workstation is runs 32-bit Windows-based applications best, it still works with many leading 16-bit Windows-based and MS-DOS-based packages. <
See the list of compatible 16-bit Windows and MS-DOS-based applications. Software compatibility questions, are answered by the list of retail applications that have received the "Designed for Windows" logo certification.
Does Windows NT Workstation 4.0 support all hardware components and peripherals?
Windows 95 and Windows NT Workstation 4.0 use different device drivers. Windows NT Workstation 4.0 works with over 4,000 different hardware types, Windows 95 is compatible with an even broader range of devices and peripherals. Identical Win32 Driver Model and Advanced Configuration and Power Interface in NT Workstation 5.0 and Windows 98 eliminates many differences in drivers, power management, and Plug and Play potential.
Is data and network security a primary business requirement?
Windows NT Workstation 4.0 has much better security than does 95 or 98. With Windows NT all users are authenticated before accessing information. With Windows NT discretionary access to resources, all the way to individual files, is possible. Windows 95 is OK for keeping the honest people honest, but really can't build a secure network.