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Microsoft releases the essentials

SYDNEY - Home Essentials 97, a collection of Microsoft applications for home users, is now on the market with an estimated street price of $169.

Microsoft has chosen its best sellers for the package, which is aimed at the home market, to serve the whole family - kids and all.

The package includes Microsoft Word 97, Microsoft Works 95 version 4.0, Encarta 97 World Atlas, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Greetings Workshop and Microsoft Arcade.

McAfee to be manufactured in Sydney

SYDNEY - Stream Modus Media is to manufacture McAfee's software in Sydney for the Australian and Asia-Pacific markets.

The company already manufactures software for McAfee in the North American and European markets.

In Australia, it will produce diskette and CD-based McAfee software, using locally produced documentation and media.

The Paradigm Agency, McAfee's Australian master agent, says the move will mean better availability for the local channel.

Stream Modus Media has also been appointed to distribute all software updates to Australian customers, to streamline service and support for McAfee licence holders.

McAfee is one of 20 hardware and software companies Stream Modus Media is provid- ing outsourced supply chain management services to.

Platinum Software sells CBA financials

SYDNEY - New Zealand-based Focus Business Solutions has bought Platinum Software's CBA financial software product.

Platinum believes the sale makes perfect sense for both companies. Focus has pre- viously been involved in the ongoing development of the product under contract from Platinum, while Don Bowman, managing director of Focus, co-founded Cowan Bowman Associates (CBA) - the original developer of the program.

Focus will release version 2.0 of Platinum CBA in August. Terms of the agreement have not been disclosed.

Iomega marketing ploy aimed at reprographics industrySYDNEY - In a marketing effort to "re-affirm" Iomega's presence in the repro-graphics industry as a vendor of removable mass storage, Iomega is holding a promotion open to reprographics and pre-press bureaus.

During the period 7 July to 4 August, when a bureau purchases six Jaz disks for $999 RRP, it will receive a free Jaz drive worth $799 (RRP).

Also on offer is a second deal: three free Jaz disks with the purchase of three disks at $499 RRP.

Bureaus which take up either offer will be included in the IomegaReady program which will deem them as "IomegaReady".

As an "IomegaReady" bureau, they must commit to be featured in promotional activities over six months and to display IomegaReady material at their business. In return, further "promotions" will be held (sounds like cheap advertising to me).

ISP consolidation at the hands of MicroplexSYDNEY - Microplex, an Australian-owned Internet service provider, has announced the acquisition of two companies - AUSNet Services (the connectivity division), and Pegasus Networks Communications (see story ARN July 2, p4).

The purchase of AUSNet Services, a provider of Internet business solutions and Pegasus, a provider of Internet services to special interest groups, places Microplex in a position where it has a national, three-tier structure for corporate, consumer and community Internet services.

The networks of all three companies amount to a 10Mbit/sec Internet backbone with a 1Mbit/sec connection to the US, available to the users of each company.


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