Microsoft sings the praises of Memphis
FRAMINGHAM - When the beta version of Microsoft's Memphis hits the streets in a few weeks users will find Internet Explorer integration, a common user interface with Windows NT and key manageability, at the top of the list of features slated for the next version of Windows 95.
The company hopes potential users will also like its support for digital data and new peri- pheral standards such as the Universal Serial Bus and the ability to support more than one monitor.
However, users who haven't yet seen the beta version are most focused on improvements designed to ease administration and reduce the cost of ownership. These include management features intended to allow systems administrators to automate application, BIOS and operating system updates as well as remotely troubleshoot desktops.
The management features are part of Microsoft's Zero Administration initiative, which will be embedded into its Windows NT 5.0 and Memphis operating systems in the first half of 1998. They are available now in an incomplete kit for NT 4.0 and Windows 95.
Zero Administration is a set of management tools that will let systems administrators remotely distribute software, configure systems and troubleshoot desktops. It was designed to allow systems administrators to tightly control users' access to applications and configuration features, which are virtually unlocked in current Windows 95 systems.