Compaq Computer Corporation has decided to stick with the Net PC and pass on Windows terminals, the company revealed this week. While the company is interested in so-called "thin" clients, it has no desire to sell stripped "bottom-of-the-barrel" terminals.

"We looked at the terminal market and said, 'Well, it's still a relatively small part of the market,'" said Michael Takemura, a product marketing manager for Compaq. "Most of the customers we talked to said that the \[Net PC\] proposition in terms of cost of ownership is better than the terminal \[proposition\]."

The market for stripped computers, be they extremely low-end Windows terminals or sealed-cased Net PCs is expected to be low.

"We have estimated the entire aggregate of the market for Net PCs, NC, and Windows terminals to be 10 to 15%."