December 11, 1996 2:00 PM ET
Compaq offers 'instant intranet' for corporate server customers, inks deal with PointCast
By Maria Seminerio

  Compaq Computer Corp. took aim at the intranet market today as it announced at Internet World that it will add multivendor intranet support to its SmartStart integration tool starting next year.

Calling the bundling plan an "instant intranet," Compaq Enterprise Computing Group Senior Vice President John Rose said the SmartStart utility will optimize key operating system parameters, offering time-saving intranet-building capabilities to large and small companies.

The next SmartStart release will offer a choice of Novell Inc.'s IntranetWare, Netscape Communications Corp.'s Enterprise and FastTrack Servers for Windows NT, and Raptor Systems Inc.'s Eagle NT, Rose said. The product also will be integrated with Microsoft Corp.'s Windows NT 4.0 and Internet Information Server, he said. It is set to ship in January.

Also today at the trade show in New York, Compaq announced that it is offering its North American customers a customized version of PointCast Inc.'s PointCast Network Internet content broadcast client software.

The deal follows Compaq's equity investment in PointCast, which was announced in July.

The Compaq-branded version of the PointCast Network software is shipping with most configurations of the Deskpro 2000 and Deskpro 4000 PCs, company officials said. The software provides a link to a special PointCast area for content aimed at Compaq product users.

Compaq can be reached at www.compaq.com/.

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