Thursday 26 August: VNU Newswire's roundup of the IT news from the national and international press.
The Wall Street Journal reports that Microsoft expects to ship Windows 2000 before the end of this year. Bill Gates said he’s “pretty sure” the next version of its NT operating system for high powered computers and corporate networks will go “final before the end of this year”.
The Pope is keen to encourage the use of technology in the Roman Catholic Church, reports The Daily Telegraph today. Internet surfers can visit the 12th Century monastery of Parkminster Charterhouse, an enclosed community of 24 hermit monks. Two other English religious communities have launched Web sites.
The Guardian reports today that Vodafone has announced an exclusive agreement with Internet directory service Scoot.com. Scoot will provide both home and business addresses and phone numbers from its free online service direct to Vodafone users’ handsets.
The Financial Times reports that First Active, the Irish mortgage bank, is planning to start selling mortgages over the Internet later this year. The site will allow customers to specify the conditions they wanted in order to find the most suitable mortgage. The bank will launch its internet service in the fourth quarter.
The New York Times reports that Dell Computer has unveiled a new customer support program. Dell said it will begin equipping its products with a "Resolution Assistant" button that will immediately connect a faulty machine to Dell's Internet site for diagnosis and resolution of the problem. The company said this was the beginning of a move to "self- healing" computers.
J2 Communications is to launch the National Lampoon on the Internet, reports The Wall Street Journal. The company plans an animated comedy Web site that comprises new and classic material, and an online store offering branded clothing and "National Lampoon" books and tapes.
San Jose Mercury reports that Cisco Systems will announce today agreements to buy the stakes it doesn't already own in optical technology companies Cerent and Monterey Networks for about $7.4 billion in stock.
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