Unisys lips sealed on buyout talk

Unisys issued a terse "no comment" last week about the quietly circulating rumours that Compaq might be interested in acquiring the Blue Bell, Pennsylvania-based company. US analysts say such talk has been circulating for several months but might just be a lot of hot air. Meanwhile, Microsoft has teamed with Unisys in an effort to provide joint customers with distributed enterprise applications built on Windows NT.

Unisys issued a terse “no comment” last week about the quietly circulating rumours that Compaq might be interested in acquiring the Blue Bell, Pennsylvania-based company.

US analysts say such talk has been circulating for several months but might just be a lot of hot air.

“You can never say never in this environment, but I think [Compaq CEO Eckhard Pfeiffer] got what he wanted on the high end with Tandem,” says analyst Michael Geran. “Overall, I think the acquisition rumours are a stretch.”

Meanwhile, Microsoft has teamed with Unisys in an effort to provide joint customers with distributed enterprise applications built on Windows NT. Under the agreement Unisys will train and certify up to 2000 professionals in three years as Microsoft developers and system engineers.

Unisys will standardise internally on Windows NT Server, Microsoft Exchange Server and Microsoft Inter-net products.

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