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MS software online from Beyond.com

Beyond.com last week announced that government customers now can purchase Microsoft Corp. Select licenses directly from the Beyond.com online government store with a credit card or a purchase order.

Microsoft's Select 4.0 licensing structure is designed for government organizations with more than 1,000 desktops. The licenses can be purchased for multiple locations but priced for a single order to enable agencies to receive volume-discount pricing.

The licenses are listed on Beyond.com's site by product category and name to help agencies more easily find licenses for the products they purchase. Microsoft products available under the Select licensing program include Microsoft Office, BackOffice Server and Client, and Windows NT Server.

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French firm to acquire Persoft

Eckser S.A. last week announced that it is acquiring Persoft Inc., a World Wide Web-to-host and PC-to-host connectivity vendor that is active in the federal market through several resellers, including GTSI, McBride & Associates Inc. and Inacom Corp.

The acquisition, worth $5 million, will bring the Lyons, France-based Eckser into the federal market and integrate the two terminal-emulation companies' products.

The transaction is expected to be approved in August.

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BTG finalist for MS award

BTG Inc. has been named as a finalist in the 1999 Microsoft Certified Solution Provider (MCSP) awards for an application it developed with the Federal Aviation Administration.

BTG is one of four finalists in the Best Business Operations Solution category. The company was chosen for its work on the FAA's Operations Specifications Sub-system application to streamline the aviation safety inspection certification of airlines.

The application gives the FAA and the aviation industry the ability to quickly issue and monitor new policies, including aircraft safety modifications.

It also assists in determining the impact of new policies on airlines and agencies.

The MCSP awards, in their fifth year, are an annual international competition designed by Microsoft Corp. to recognize and reward the expertise of companies that develop and implement software solutions using Microsoft products.

The award winners will be announced by Microsoft chairman Bill Gates at Fusion 99, an annual worldwide business symposium to be held in San Francisco July 23-25.

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Intellisource opens Goddard office

Intellisource Inc. has opened a new office in Seabrook, Md., near NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, to support its work on the Outsourcing Desktop Initiative for NASA contract.

Intellisource is leading a team composed of itself and three other companies - Enterprise Advisory Services Inc., Houston; Global Sciences and Technology Inc., Greenbelt, Md.; and GTE Corp. - providing desktop computer, networking, server and intracenter communications services to employees and contractors of the Goddard center in Greenbelt.

Intellisource will manage its work at Goddard from its Seabrook offices, where it expects to employ about 30 people. Up to 70 more will work out of Goddard, and a help desk will be based at Cleveland's John H. Glenn Research Center, where Intellisource has a technical support contract that includes desktop support.

Intellisource is one of seven recipients awarded ODIN prime pacts in June 1998.

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BT subsidiary to acquire Control Data

A subsidiary of British Telecommunications PLC has announced plans to buy Control Data Systems Inc. for $340 million.

The BT subsidiary, Syntegra, is a systems integrator with customers in more than 50 countries and annual revenues of more than $650 million. The acquisition will help it increase its electronic business outsourcing services, according to BT.

Control Data Systems, based in Arden Hills, Minn., has annual revenues of $180 million and specializes in systems integration and electronic business. The Transportation Department and the Army Corps of Engineers are among its customers in the federal market.

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Veritas ships management suite

Veritas Software Corp. has announced the availability of Version 6.5 of Veritas WinInstall and the availability of Version 3.5 of Veritas Desktop Management Suite.

Veritas WinInstall 6.5 has a new graphical user interface, the ability to automatically deploy a workstation's operating system, several new program-launching capabilities and comprehensive reporting features, according to the company.

The product simplifies tasks such as upgrading Microsoft Corp.'s Windows 95 and Windows 98, and it addresses problems related to the Year 2000 computer date change.

The Veritas Desktop Management Suite is capable of distributing applications and operating systems over a network.

It also features a new GUI, Year 2000 compliance support and backup functionality.

Veritas WinInstall is available as a stand-alone solution or as part of the Desktop Management Suite.

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