InformationWeek Poll: Users Feel It's Likely That Network Computers Will Replace Desktop Systems

May 7, 1997

Nearly four of 10 respondents in an industry survey conducted by CMP Media Inc.'s InformationWeek magazine believe that network computers will replace desktop PCs as their organizations' primary computer platform.

Results of the first of several InformationWeek NetWorld+Interop Industry Opinion Polls, conducted over the Internet, indicate that 39 percent of the poll's more than 550 participants feel it is either somewhat or very likely that network computers will replace desktop PCs as their organization's primary computer platform.

Meanwhile, 59 percent of those polled felt that the platform shift is either somewhat or very unlikely, while two percent did not have any opinion.

"The large numbers of respondents who believe network computers will replace desktop PCs is very significant, given that NC technology is just emerging from its infancy," said Rob Preston, News Editor, InformationWeek.

Network computers, or NCs, are diskless workstations designed for business use that provide World Wide Web connectivity to the Internet and intranets.

InformationWeek's NetWorld+Interop Industry Opinion Polls are being conducted each day of the trade show in conjunction with CIC Research, Inc. and ExcelSoft Technology.

In addition to the weekly magazine, InformationWeek provides a complete system of information solutions for people who manage technology in business, such as InformationWeek Online (, the Web-based resource for the information systems community; the annual InformationWeek 500 Conference for business and technology executives; and InformationWeek Daily, delivering news directly to the enterprise buyer's desktop.

Published weekly by CMP Media, Inc., InformationWeek magazine delivers news, strategies, analysis, product and technology information to people who manage technology in business. At 350,000 qualified IT buyers, InformationWeek has the largest circulation in the information systems category.

CMP Media Inc. provides publishing, marketing and information services to the broad high-technology spectrum -- the builders, sellers and users of technology -- through print and electronic media. All of CMP's publications and online products can be accessed through the company's TechWeb® site on the World Wide Web ( Print titles include EE Times, Computer Reseller News, InformationWeek and WINDOWS MAGAZINE.

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SOURCE: CMP Media Inc.

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