The owner of Oracle announces it during the keynote at the Upside Showcase in Palm Springs not failing to launch the usual stunts to Bill Gates. "Why is the computer network delaying? Ask Bill Gates about it. He personally phoned the former CEO of Digital Equipements (the company that had the first NCs in production) to tell him that it was better to block production ". To get around this, Ellison has decided to build the devices himself. Creer within Oracle a sector, which will become independent, for the construction of Network computers that will be on the market in the early summer. The NC, in essence, a minimal system that accesses programs distributed on the network by mainframes on which (in Ellison's intention) should run Oracle.