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DIGITAL EQUIPMENT CORPORATION ACQUIRES 800-SOFTWARE

 DIGITAL EQUIPMENT CORPORATION ACQUIRES 800-SOFTWARE
 MAYNARD, Mass., June 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Digital Equipment Corporation (NYSE: DEC) has acquired 800-SOFTWARE of Point Richmond, Calif., one of the largest PC software and accessories distribution companies in the computer industry.
 Digital declined to disclose the financial terms of the acquisition, which marks its entry into the rapidly growing, multibillion-dollar desktop aftermarket. The move had been expected since April, when Digital said it was negotiating to purchase 800-SOFTWARE.
 800-SOFTWARE will continue its focus on non-Digital software and hardware. It will retain its current management, becoming a wholly owned subsidiary of Digital.
 "Digital's strategy is to offer one-stop shopping for all the desktop computer buyer's needs, including non-Digital hardware and software. 800-SOFTWARE sells more than 12,000 non-Digital hardware and software products, including the most popular PC applications. It nicely complements our existing channels that sell Digital hardware, software, and services to the desktop computing market," said Jay H. Atlas, vice president, U.S. Channels, Digital Equipment Corporation.
 800-SOFTWARE has 200 employees in its headquarters and five regional sales offices (Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C.). It grew 48 percent in 1991 to revenues of $77 million.
 "We are committed to maintaining the business practices that have been responsible for our success. Our association with Digital will enable 800-SOFTWARE to expand its growth in Fortune 1,000 accounts. And Digital's leadership in networking and Electronic Data Interchange technology will enable us to become a leader in the electronic distribution of PC software, giving our customers faster delivery at a lower cost," said Steven D. Brown, president, 800-SOFTWARE.
 800-SOFTWARE is one of the largest U.S. distributors of Borland, Intel, Lotus, Microsoft, Novell and WordPerfect products. The company excels in quick delivery, competitive prices, and extensive pre- and post-sales support to corporate customers.
 Digital Equipment Corporation, headquartered in Maynard, is the leading worldwide supplier of networked computer systems, software and services. Digital pioneered and leads the industry in interactive, distributed and multivendor computing. Digital and its partners deliver the power to use the best integrated solutions -- from desktop to data center -- in open information environments.
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 /CONTACT: Bob Schneider, 508-480-4620, or Juleigh Rawlings, 714-261-4520, of Digital/
 (DEC) CO: Digital Equipment Corporation; 800-SOFTWARE ST: Massachusetts, California IN: CPR SU: TNM


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