network computer (NC)

Contributor(s): Kathy Chung and Paul S. Zimmerman

A network computer (NC) is a concept from Oracle and Sun Microsystems that describes a low-cost personal computer for business networks that, like the NetPC, would be configured with only essential equipment (including CD-ROM players, diskette drives or expansion slots) and managed centrally. Any new software would be downloaded. Unlike the NetPC, the network computer could be based on microprocessors other than Intel's and might include a Java-base operating system rather than Windows.

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Along with the NetPC, the network computer is sometimes referred to as a thin client.

This was last updated in August 2006

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