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Boundless Technologies begins shipping its network computers as a replacement for older PCs in businesses, and to do Windows.

Boundless Technologies, formerly SunRiver Data Systems, today began shipping its network computer as a replacement for older PCs in businesses.

This NC can also do Windows. Billed by Boundless as a "thin client," the NC is targeted at the corporate intranet, not the home market. Boundless says its NCs can give corporate users access to programs running DOS, Windows, Java applets, Unix, and mainframe software for Internet and intranets applications.

"Boundless Technologies does not see the network computer as a replacement to PC computing," said Boundless CEO Gerald Youngblood. "However, not every desktop needs a PC. The NC is simply a more cost-effective option for a great number of corporate desktops."

Boundless will offer three models of NCs. The low-end $650 machine will access Windows 3.1, Windows 95 and Windows NT applications. The system does not include a monitor, but a keyboard and mouse are included. The mid-range XT model, which can operate across various networks and operating systems, will be priced around $800. Boundless's high-end unit, the XLC, sells for around $1,100 and can access DOS, Windows, Unix, Java, and mainframe software applications, as well as Internet and intranet applications.

The machines will use special emulation software to run Windows applications. A second software suite lets the machine use Java applets and browse the Internet. Support for local Web browsers and Java is expected by year's end. Boundless has said it will use the Java operating system, but that operating system software is not yet shipping.

Boundless declares it is one of the world's largest terminal manufacturers. Its NC line will compete in the corporate market with similar machines from Wyse Technology. Wyse's Winterm devices run Windows applications; Wyse also has offerings for the consumer, school, and public access markets.

IDEA also has announced that its "Internet client station" designed for businesses with computers from different manufacturers will comply with the NC specification from Oracle

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