December 1991

NeXT gets high marks among education users

by Dan Lavin

San Diego: NeXT's strong appearance at the Educom trade show in October suggests that interest in NeXT within universities is accelerating while at the same time narrowing into mathematically oriented departments.

According to Ronald Weissman, NeXT's director of strategic marketing, higher education still accounts for between 25 and 33 percent of sales worldwide.

"We are focusing on certain departments, but we are spending some time developing general relationships," said Weissman. "NeXT is already the number-two-selling computer at important campuses like Stanford and MIT."

The majority of new NeXT applications had a mathematical bent. Among them was a differential equations course from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln and a complete first-year curriculum in science, engineering, and mathematics from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, located in Terre Haute, Indiana. Among the commercial developers displaying new software was Maple Software, showing a math program.

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