PC application software revenues in Western Europe topped $2.3 billion (#1.4 billion) last year, according to figures from the Software Publishers Association (SPA). The figure, up 6% from 1995, was small compared to that of unit shipments in the region which rose 54%. The difference was due to lower unit prices and the enthusiasm for bundling, according to the SPA. Although business-related products continued to fuel revenue growth in 1996, the highest growth over the year was seen in the consumer products group, which experienced year on year growth of 70%.
The Rank Group announced last week that it was ready to sell its #930 million stake in Rank Xerox, the group's office equipment joint venture with Xerox in the US. Changes to Rank's internal tax structure are now complete, enabling it to sell its 20% share in Rank Xerox without suffering a huge capital gains tax bill. Although negotiations have yet to begin, recent reports said the most likely buyer was Xerox.
Users can now visit 20 of the world's leading museums and art galleries without leaving their desks, thanks to the launch of a new Web site. The site, a joint venture between Heritage Development magazine and UK search engine company Muscat, is more than 150Mb in size and contains over 2,000 pages of information. The site is at www.heritagedevelopment.co.uk.
Netcraft, a networking consultancy conducting Web server surveys, has for the first time received over 1 million survey responses from Web sites. This figure is 50 times the 20,000 sites it monitored in August 1995, and indicates the explosive growth since then in the number of new sites on the Web.
A survey conducted by management consultancy Smythe Dorward Lambert has found that 60% of the UK's leading companies have either already developed an intranet, or are in the process of doing so. The survey, carried out among 259 of the top 500 UK firms, also revealed that the intranet is seen as the fastest-growing communication technology over the next five years, followed by video conferencing and Email. Most companies cited efficiency and cost savings as the prime reasons for setting up an intranet, even though the survey found that fewer than 30% of organisations have managed to lower their costs as a result of implementing an intranet strategy.
A new award scheme has been set up for the Internet. The New Media Effectiveness Awards, in association with The Times, are open to any company that launched a new media project between January 1996 and April 1997.
Entries are being sought now, and the closing date is 25 April. The winners will be announced on 12 June. Entry forms can be obtained from Robin Reynolds on 0171 734 0770.
'Sunlit wet sidewalk' provides evidence of methane rainfall on the north pole of Saturn's moon Titan
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Scientists believe there could be other hydrides or superhydrides with super conducting properties
Resetting the telemetry circuits and associated boards brought the instrument back to operations mode
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