At the TechEd conference this week in Orlando, Florida, Microsoft will unveil a simplified network architecture that will appear in Windows NT 5.0 next year. Before NT 5.0 is released, however, Microsoft will improve networking in Windows NT 4.0 and Windows 95 with a series of add-ons. These add-ons include the following:
- "Steelhead" - a software-based routing technology.
- Active Telephony - an ActiveX-based object model for telephony.
- Microsoft Management Console network management "snap-ins."
- Native ATM (asynchronous transfer mode) support. An early version of this support is now available in the NDIS (Network Driver Interface Specification) 5.0 Device Driver Kit (DDK).
- A networking upgrade pack for Windows 95 - this add-on for Windows 95 will include new network drivers and the ability to remotely access private networks over the Internet. It also features Winsock 2.0 and PPTP (Point-to-Point Tunneling Protocol) and fixes to the TCP/IP stack.
- Communications Server - an add-on package for Windows NT 4.0, due this year, that includes Internet Proxy Server 1.0, a RADIUS (Remote Authentication Dial-In User Service) client, Telephony API 2.1, and token-card support.