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DISA Applix sign license agreement

Applix Inc. last week announced that the Defense Information Systems Agency had signed an enterprise license for Applixware office automation software for use in the Global Command and Control System.

The agreement covers Applix's full line of office automation software - including word processing spreadsheets electronic mail and presentation graphics - as well as the company's Anyware Office which provides Web-enabled versions of the same products.

While Applix is best known for providing office automation software for the Unix operating system the company also has ported its technology to the Windows NT and Windows 95 platforms. The agreement allows DISA to change the mix of platforms without incurring additional fees Applix said.

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Dell Gateway target low-cost PCs

Dell Computer Corp. and Gateway 2000 Inc. recently announced plans to target the low-cost PC market.

Dell last week said it will integrate remote management and other technologies that make PCs easier to manage in upcoming PC products which the company has dubbed Managed PCs.

Dell will introduce the manageability features on its future OptiPlex desktop and Latitude notebook lines in stages. The first wave of products which will integrate Desktop Management Interface 2.0 and support Microsoft Corp.'s Zero Administration Kit will be available in the near term according to a Dell spokesman. Dell has not released specific shipping dates.

Dell products are available through the General Services Administration schedule and about 50 indefinite-delivery indefinite-quantity contracts.Gateway meanwhile announced its Gateway E-1000 a low-cost network- centric PC. The E-1000 will include a 166 MHz Pentium processor 16M of RAM a 1.2G hard drive a 3.5-inch floppy drive 2M of video RAM 16-bit Business Audio and an integrated 10/100 Ethernet card.

Pricing will be based on quantity and starts at $1 249 for a single unit. That price includes a 15-inch monitor. The company expects to ship the product in July. Gateway sells its products to federal customers through the GSA schedule.

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Compaq introduces ValuePaq bundles

Compaq Computer Corp. last week introduced five specially priced PC bundles for the federal market that combine Compaq's desktop or portable PCs with management software and other options. Customers can save up to 11 percent by buying the bundled packages the company said.

Four of the five ValuePaq bundles are based on Compaq's Deskpro series with Pentium processor speeds ranging from 133 MHz to 200 MHz and hard disk storage ranging from 1.2G to 2.5G. A fifth system is based on Compaq's Armada portable computer. All five bundles come with Compaq's Intelligent Manageability software. Prices range from $1 312 to $2 944.

The bundles will be available throughout the year. The bundles announced last week will be available through July 31 or while supplies last but new bundles will be announced during the year.

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Wang Cisco form partnership

Wang Laboratories Inc. and Cisco Systems Inc. signed a letter of intent in May making Wang a global partner of Cisco.

This agreement allows the large number of users with Cisco-based networks in the federal government to get easier access to Wang's network services said John Flynn senior vice president of business development marketing and sales at Wang. Users can buy Wang services off various government contracts."We support a wide range of vendors in the marketplace " Flynn said. "If you need Cisco services you can call Wang. With the dominant share Cisco has we think it will open up opportunities for us."

Wang's services include systems architecture design and installation and wide- and local-area network management.

- Compiled by John Stein Monroe John Moore and Colleen O'HARA.

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