PC supplier Gateway claimed that its revenue will more than triple to $30bn by 2004 but most of it will be generated by non PC sales.
The statement came as the company announced strategic alliances with Sun Microsystems and investments totalling $75m in US high street retailer OfficeMax and internet software firm, eSoft, to push more PCs.
Gateway estimated that non-system sales will reach 40 per cent by the end of this year - twice the level of 1999 and 10 per cent higher than previously announced for 2000.
The company will bundle its PCs with Sun's software and aim these at enterprise customers. Sun will refer customers to Gateway for computers and Gateway will pre-load the PCs with Sun Portal Pack, Sun's webtop application software. The initiative will initially be rolled out in the US in April but will be available internationally at a later date.
The company also unveiled plans to jointly launch 1000 Gateway-managed concession sites within US high street store OfficeMax and will invest $50m in the chain as part of the deal.
Gateway will also pump $25m into eSoft as part of an agreement to combine the software firm's application and management products with its server appliances and internet access products.
Jeff Weitzen,president and chief executive of Gateway said: "Our status is taking our client relationships beyond the box and our multi-channel distribution model positions us extremely well for accelerated growth and profitability."
Roger Kay, an analyst at IDC, said the alliance with Sun is most interesting. "This is very helpful to Gateway because it gives it access to very high technology."
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