NEC and Microsoft have agreed an alliance to develop high-end servers and services for businesses.
The high-powered partnership is designed to take advantage of increasing corporate reliance on networks and the internet to conduct business, the pair told reporters at a Tokyo news conference today.
Koji Nishigaki, president at NEC, said that the deal would concentrate on the development of internet, application and data centre servers, as well as software customisation and support, and Windows/.Net web hosting.
NEC and two affiliates will set up service and support centres with a combined 300 employees to develop and build systems using Microsoft's Windows 2000 and Windows/.Net server software. Microsoft has done similar deals in the past with Hitachi and Fujitsu.
The alliance doesn't involve capital investment and no specific sales targets were set.
Separately, Microsoft chairman Bill Gates said at the news conference that the software giant was boosting security measures after six employees were exposed to an anthrax-ridden letter.
"Obviously, like all companies, we are beefing up the various things we do to try and keep our employees as safe as possible," he said.
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