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Windows NT 4.0

Windows NT 4.0, released August 24th 1996.

This upgrade to Windows NT 3.5x brought increased ease of use and simplified management, higher network throughput, and a complete set of tools for developing and managing intranets. For its server version it included faster file and print services, robust application support, standards-based communications features and an integrated Web server (Internet Information Server).

Windows NT Workstation 4.0 included the popular Windows 95 user interface and improved networking support, providing secure, easy access to the Internet and corporate intranets.

Just like Windows NT 3.5x, Windows NT 4.0 also had two versions, Workstation and Server that served the same purposes.

Subsequent service packs and option packs offered additional features including public-key and certificate authority functionality, smart card support, improved symmetric multiprocessing (SMP) scalability, clustering capabilities and component object model (COM) support.

Windows NT Server 4.0, Enterprise Edition

Windows NT Server 4.0, Enterprise Edition, released December 1997.

Its main features and capabilities were designed to appeal to large corporate customers with mission-critical requirements. Windows NT Server 4.0, Enterprise Edition added greater performance and scalability, higher availability, and expanded services for developing enterprise applications. It also supported Microsoft Transaction Server, Microsoft Message Queue Server (MSMQ), Cluster Service, Windows NT Server load balancing service, large SMP servers and memory-intensive applications.

In October 1998, Microsoft announced that Windows NT would no longer carry the initials "NT", and that instead the next major version of the operating system would be called Windows 2000.

Windows NT Server 4.0, Terminal Server Edition

Windows NT Server 4.0, Terminal Server Edition, released in 1998.

It gave Windows NT Server the capability to serve 32-bit Windows operating system-based applications to terminals and terminal emulators running on PC and non-PC desktops. The terminal server environment was, by definition, a thin-client architecture where all application processing occurred centrally on the server. Windows NT Server 4.0, Terminal Server Edition, consisted of three components:

  • The Windows NT Server multi-user core, which made it possible to host multiple, simultaneous client sessions.
  • The Remote Desktop Protocol, which allowed communication with the a server that has Terminal Server enabled over the network.
  • The "super-thin" Windows-based client software, which displayed the familiar 32-bit Windows user interface on a range of desktop hardware.

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