Compaq will continue its work on OpenVMS and NT interoperability

Compaq Computer Corp. plans to maintain and enhance the OpenVMS operating system. It
also will continue the Affinity program that Digital Equipment Corp. had under way before
its acquisition by Compaq. Affinity aimed to integrate OpenVMS with Microsoft Windows NT

Compaq officials said they wanted to allay user concern that they might halt further
OpenVMS and OpenVMS-to-NT development.

Rich Marcello, vice president of Compaq’s OpenVMS software systems group, said
Compaq’s investment in OpenVMS “is solid for the next several years.’’

As one in a series of new OpenVMS products, OpenVMS Galaxy will let multiple instances
of OpenVMS execute simultaneously on a single computer, which could improve the handling
of unpredictable work loads, Compaq officials said.

The OpenVMS 7.2 release more tightly integrates OpenVMS with Windows NT and has other
performance enhancements, company officials said.

Another product in the series of new OpenVMS software is COM for OpenVMS, an
implementation of Microsoft’s Component Object Model.  

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