FTP Software's Rebecca Buisan carries two notebook computers to demonstrate her firm's connectivity options. One is an NEC Versa 486 and the other a Unix server, a Tadpole SPARCbook. 'I don't know if it's a good thing or a bad thing but I get nearly as many questions about the Tadpole as I do about our software,' Ms Buisan said. The company releases version 2.0 of OnNet32 this month, a 32-bit version of software enabling a user to connect using TCP/IP (Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol). 'OnNet32 also takes TCP/IP to a new level by reducing the learning curve,' Ms Buisan said. The suite boasts graphical management of TCP/IP connections, unlike Microsoft's own Win95 implementation which uses a command-based system. OnNet32 can also connect to Unix or legacy systems through a GUI. 'Network managers love this interface,' Ms Buisan said before demonstrating the Unix commands required to establish and monitor a TCP/IP connection. 'This is where they don't want their novice users to be because it requires an understanding of Unix,' she said. The process adopts wizards, or OnNet Assistants, to guide the user through correct installation and configuration procedures. FTP's TCP/IP stack is licensed by Microsoft for use within Internet Explorer 3.0 and on Windows 95. However, it was not a case of FTP cannibalising its TCP/IP business, according to Ms Buisan. Ford Motor Co, after evaluating Windows 95 on its network, has doubled its worldwide TCP/IP seat licence from 40,000 to 80,000. Ms Buisan said Oracle's sales force also used FTP's flavour of TCP/IP to get over its in-house firewalls. She said FTP had determined to remain the Switzerland of the software world, amid browser wars between Netscape and Microsoft and the network operating system (NOS) battles between Novell and Microsoft. She said the new suite was not aimed at consumers, but that the KEYview component was available separately and an attractive proposition for standalone desktops.