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For more information on Windows NT, check out Microsoft’s website at www.microsoft.com.

Windows NT Features


Windows NT is the first choice of developers because of the similarity in programming for Windows 95/98 and Windows NT. Additionally, the installation CD includes a complete Internet server suite (including WWW, FTP, and DNS [Domain Name Service] server programs). Finally, because the look and feel of Windows NT is almost identical to that of Microsoft’s Desktop operating systems, Windows 3.x and Windows 95/98, training administrators requires much less time. These features along with many others have skyrocketed Windows NT use in the corporate network infrastructure. It is important to note that “Windows NT” actually refers to two separate products: Window NT Server (the NOS) and Windows NT Workstation (the client OS, designed to be a high-security desktop OS). Let’s take a look at a few of the more popular features of Windows NT.

The Windows NT User Interface


The Windows NT interface is the same as the Windows interface we’ve come to love (or hate, depending on your view). Windows NT 3.1 and 3.5x use the same basic look and feel as Windows 3.1. Windows NT 4 uses the interface from Windows 95 and Windows 98.


Although there might be subtle differences between the desktop operating systems and their Windows NT counterparts, the basic look and feel is the same. Because of this, a novice administrator can easily learn to use Windows NT. Analysts refer to this as a shallow learning curve.

Third-Party Support


Because of its ease of use and relatively inexpensive cost, Windows NT is selling well. Third-party vendors are writing thousands of software titles for

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