MS, Intel Unveil Small-Office Networking Box

BOSTON (03/01/2000) - Intel Corp. and Microsoft Corp. today unveiled a jointly developed "network in a box" aimed at users in small offices.

The product, Intel's InBusiness Small Office Network, uses Microsoft's Windows for Express Networks operating system to deliver file sharing, print sharing and Internet access to small offices of up to 25 people, according to Vince Mendillo, the lead product manager from Microsoft's Embedded Windows NT division. Microsoft's Windows for Express Networks operating system is based on Microsoft's Windows NT Embedded technology, he said.

Intel's InBusiness Small Office Network consists of hardware -- a small form factor server and a v.90 56K bits-per-second modem -- as well as software to provide print- and file-sharing capabilities and Internet access, he said. It takes about an hour to set up the box and connect 15 PCs with full networking services, and users need only have PCs and an Internet service provider before installing the network, according to the companies.

Intel is offering two versions of its InBusiness Small Office Network, a 466MHz version and a 366MHz version, according to the companies. Pricing ranges from US$1,299 to $1,999,and the product will be available March 15, they said.

Microsoft, in Redmond, Washington, can be reached at +1-425-882-8080 or at http://www.microsoft.com/. Intel, in Santa Clara, California, can be reached at +1-408-765-8080, or via the Web at http://www.intel.com/.

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