The browser, based on Internet Explorer 4.0, takes the form of a software plug-in.
NCD explained that using a local browser minimises the server and network load, with http commands being sent directly from the Web server to the desktop. In some environments, having the browser running on the server causes unnecessary server and network load, for example when animation frames are transferred over the network repeatedly.
Matt Hanrahan, analyst at Bloor Research, said, "The browser will be a window for all sorts of things so it will be important for NCD, at least, to have it on the thin client. It takes the stress off the server CPU and puts it on the input/output device."
Companies can manage the browser upgrade by using NCD's Thinpath Manager software. The software allows customers to configure every browser from a single location and control settings for the home page, browsing history, cookie management and the favorites list. This would allow IT departments to implement large-scale deployments on a policy basis with minimal impact on network traffic and will eliminate the need to visit each terminal to configure the attributes locally.
This was first published in October 2000