Microsoft on Wednesday announced a new add-on package for Windows NT that will make it easier for customers to integrate Windows NT into existing UNIX environments. Dubbed the Windows NT Services for UNIX Add-on Pack, the package will include frequently requested services such as resource sharing, remote administration, password synchronization and common scripting across platforms. Microsoft says it will deliver a beta version of the Windows NT Services for UNIX Add-On Pack this summer for both Intel and Alpha platforms.

"Customers are rapidly deploying Windows NT Workstation 4.0 and Windows NT Server 4.0 alongside and in place of UNIX systems to achieve an integrated business environment and lower the total cost of ownership," said Jim Allchin, senior vice president of the personal and business systems group at Microsoft. "This product will deliver the core interoperability our customers require most as they increasingly move to Windows NT Workstation and Windows NT Server."

To create the UNIX Add-on pack, Microsoft has licensed Network File System (NSF) software from Intergraph and KornShell scripting solutions from Kern Systems