Microsoft last week announced that it is buying Dimension X, a San Francisco-based developer of Java and multimedia tools. Terms of the deal were not disclosed but Microsoft said it plans to distribute the company's tools, Liquid Motion Pro, a Java-based multimedia authoring tool, and Liquid Reality Composer, for animating and editing three-dimensional content. The 40-person company was the first start-up to base its technology on Java and only the second (after Netscape) to license Java from Sun.
Novell has signed an agreement with Computer Associates to integrate their network management offerings. The companies will integrate CA's Unicenter TNG with Novell's ManageWise software, adding support for NDS (Novell Directory Services) to CA's products. CA is the latest in a long line of firms to announce support for NDS, which Novell is trying to promote as an industry standard. Jay Huff, marketing and technical director of CA in the UK, commented: "This is very good for us, as it gives us real network awareness. Desktop management configuration is one of the hottest topics around today, as people are grappling with the increasing workload on network servers, leading to increasing complexity of management and rising costs.This integrated solution will bring down the cost of ownership of networks." As part of the agreement, Novell's ManageWise will be endorsed by CA as the management suite of choice and both companies will also act as resellers for each other's products in the network management arena.
Novell extended the reach of its Novell Directory Services (NDS) last week with an agreement to license it to Fujitsu. Fujitsu announced that it will bundle NDS with its DS/90 Unix servers and embed a single server copy of the directory into its DS/90 operating system. Fujitsu joins a host of other Unix vendors which have licensed NDS from Novell, including Hewlett-Packard and Sun. The agreement also furthers Novell's goal to evolve NDS into a cross-platform global directory.
Compaq last week announced cuts of up to 9% on prices of its Armada 1500 range of notebook PCs. Launched last month, these notebooks are designed to provide portable users with an all-in-one, fully-featured notebook PC that has the latest multimedia capabilities. The models affected are the Armada 1520, 1520D and 1150T - all with 133MHz processors. The 1550T has been cut from #2,349 to #2,199. The 1520D from #1,649 to #1,499 and the 1520 from #1,399 to #1,349.
Apple is launching a lightweight laptop developed in conjunction with IBM. The new PowerBook 2400c weighs 4.4 pounds, 2.8 pounds lighter than Apple's PowerBook 3400 machines, and will initially be on sale only in Japan. The notebooks, which will run at 180MHz, are expected to go on sale in the US in July. No details of UK availability have been announced.
Running on Apple's MacOS 7.6 operating system, the PowerBook will come with 16Mb of memory, a 10.4in diagonal colour display, 1.3Gb hard drive, two PC card slots and a lithium ion battery.
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