Netscape, HP ally to target intranet market

Netscape Communications and Hewlett-Packard have announced a broad alliance to target the intranet arena. The alliance includes plans to develop management software for Unix and Windows NT platforms, combining Netscape's server software and HP's OpenView management software.

HP and Netscape plan to leverage their messaging, systems management and collaboration technologies to create software that will enable employees to collaborate on work over their company intranets.

The goal is not to create unified products, says Jim Barksdale, Netscape president and CEO, speaking during a press briefing and teleconference on the announcement. "Where we cross with HP products, we'll hopefully develop jointly and where we don't we'll stay separate," he says.

The partnership with HP is distinguished from Netscape's partnerships with IBM, Compaq, Digital and Silicon Graphics, among others, because those companies "don't have the kind of breadth of relationships that HP has" with other firms in the industry, Barksdale says.

"Because of this upswell of demand and this market growing so fast, we're trying to keep up ...," he says. "We need big brothers, if you will."

Also part of the strategic alliance:

--HP will sell Netscape's SuiteSpot and FastTrack server products for HP-UX and HP NetServer platforms.

--The companies will make HP OpenMail interoperable with Netscape Mail Server so customers can use Netscape's Navigator browser with OpenMail and OpenMail clients with Netscape Mail Server.

--HP will be authorised to provide support services, as well as joint sales and marketing, for Netscape products worldwide.

--Netscape and HP will deliver printing-oriented extensions to HTML (hypertext markup language) so they can include a customised version of Navigator with a future version of an HP LaserJet printer.

Netscape can be reached on the World Wide Web at

HP can be reached at

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