Latitude notebook, NetWare 5 win FOSE Best of Show honors

Two products tied for Best of Show honors among the winners of GCN’s Best New
Product Awards at FOSE this month.


The Latitude LT M266ST notebook from Dell Computer Corp. and the NetWare 5 network
operating system from Novell Inc. both received Best of Show honors.


“We felt we had to make both a hardware and software award this year,” said
GCN editorial director Thomas R. Temin, one of the 14 members of the product judging
panel.


“Judges loved the Latitude LT for its extraordinary function in a mere 3-pound
portable. And we honored NetWare 5 for its remarkable leap forward over previous versions
of the NOS. After some debate, we decided to give awards to both products,” Temin
said at the trade show in Washington.


NetWare 5 was the winner in the enterprise software category. The Latitude LT took the
top honors among eight finalists in the portable computer category.


Eleven other products won Best New Product Awards at FOSE.


Hewlett-Packard Co. took three awards, more than any other company: The HP 9100C
Digital Sender won in the enterprise peripheral category; the ProCurve Switch 2424M took
honors in the communications product category; and the LaserJet 8100 Printer Series won
the printer category.


IBM Corp. took the prizes for the two server categories: The Netfinity 5500 M-10 won in
the workgroup and departmental server category, and the Netfinity 7000 M-10 received
honors in the enterprise server and system category.


Dell also earned top honors in the end-user computer category for its OptiPlex GXlp
PIII.


Symantec Corp. of Cupertino, Calif., won for Norton 2000 in the end-user software
category.


The MX-2700 digital camera from Fuji Photo Film USA Inc. of Elmsford, N.Y., won in the
end-user peripherals category.


Silicon Graphics Inc. took the prize in the technical-user computer category for its
320 Visual Workstation.


Seagate Software Inc. of Scotts Valley, Calif. won in the technical software category
Crystal Reports 7.


Finally, GTE Government Systems Corp. of Needham Heights, Mass., took the honors in the
workgroup and departmental software category for InfoWorkSpace.


For the awards, 14 editors judged products in the 13 categories. Each entry received
ratings for innovation, usability, specifications and value. Judges only rated products in
categories in which they are knowledgeable. Five editors reviewed products for each
category, making their ratings without knowing other judges’ scores.  


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