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IBM SIMPLIFIES WINDOWS 2000 WITH THINKPAD & NETVISTA COMPUTERS.

IBM's new ThinkPad notebook computers and NetVista desktop computers make Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional-based computing as easy as using a pocket calculator.

The systems ship "ready-to-use" and add "smart" technologies that help protect data, speed processing, and cut the hassle out of maintaining systems - allowing businesses to get the most out of the latest Microsoft operating system.

"Computing has become less about the device and more about the task. Both IBM and Microsoft realize our customers don't want to worry about the computer or operating system but rather, what they're trying to do with it," said Ralph Martino, vice president of marketing and strategy, IBM Personal Systems Group. "Together, we're continuing to simplify the computing experience -- pre-configuring systems that are ready to use out of the box, and adding 'intelligence' that lets our customers focus on their business."

"Windows 2000 Professional is positively impacting how businesses approach computing and allowing them to seize the opportunity that the Internet presents. Microsoft is thrilled to be working with IBM on solutions that simplify the computing experience and help businesses get ahead in the rapidly expanding e-business world," said Tod Nielsen, vice president, platform group at Microsoft. "The powerful combination of Windows 2000 running on IBM ThinkPad, NetVista and IntelliStation computers along with IBM's enterprise expertise will help both traditional bricks and mortar and emerging e-businesses get to the Internet quickly."

All IBM Notebooks and Desktop PCs Available with Windows 2000

The new ThinkPad 240X is the latest addition to IBM's notebook computer family available pre-loaded with Windows 2000 Professional. All IBM ThinkPad notebooks, including the recently announced A and T series and ThinkPad 570 series are available with Windows 2000 Professional. Additionally, the new NetVista X40, S40 and S40p ship with Windows 2000 Professional pre-installed. All PC300 desktop computers, including the PC300, PC300PL, PC300GL and PC300GL Small Business Series, are available preconfigured with Windows 2000 Professional.

Intelligent ThinkPads Protect Data

New intelligent features in IBM ThinkPads complement Windows 2000 to offer greater manageability. These features include:

- Utilities that automatically put the system back into standby after detaching the system from an UltraBase docking station, thereby conserving power.

- Optimized configurations for Windows 2000, providing a better setup for the user, including enabling hibernation and settings to automatically hibernate (from a standby or active state) in the case of a critically low battery.

- Additional power management options, including advanced settings allowing configuration of CD-ROM speed (high performance, normal, silent), CPU power management (automatic or disabled) and PCI bus management (automatic or disabled), and alarms that provide enable/disable control for low battery alarm, power control beep, and volume control beep.

- ThinkPad icon in system tray providing easier access to configuration settings.

ThinkPad System Solution CD for upgrading to Windows 2000 provides the necessary BIOS updates, drivers, and instructions for upgrading ThinkPads from Windows 95/98 or Windows NT to Windows 2000 -- covering systems introduced for roughly the past three years. The System Solution CD is included with Windows 2000 upgrades ordered from IBM and is available for sale on the Web. The CD is currently available in the U.S for $7.71 plus shipping and handling ($4.50 UPS or $1.47 US Mail). It will be available in other countries in the near future and it will be available in several languages, including English, French, German, and Spanish.

First Windows Powered Appliance Server for Web Hosting

A new Internet appliance utilizing an operating system based on Windows 2000 technologies for Web hosting and serving, the IBM Netfinity A100 features Web accelerating software developed by IBM Research that takes advantage of Windows 2000, boosting Web hosting performance up to 70 percent versus standard Web serving appliances.

The A100 is the first product in IBM's new A-Series family of appliance products, a line of pre-packaged, easy-to-use solution server appliances for enterprises, Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and Application Service Providers (ASPs).

The advances in integration, condensed design, and single purpose focus give Netfinity A100 customers an affordable way to achieve "unpacking-to-Web-hosting" operation -- within just a few minutes - while reducing costs up to 30 percent. This is a significant reduction from the typical two-and-a-half hour installation process and cost associated with non-integrated solutions.

New Windows-based Terminal

The IBM NetVista thin client for Windows-based Terminal Standard (WBT Standard) 1.5 is designed for customers who want a fast, simple way to access Windows-based applications, as well as other server-based applications, while enjoying important thin-client benefits, including fast and flexible application deployment and lower total cost of ownership.

Built on the IBM NetVista N2200w thin-client device with all software pre-installed, the IBM WBT Standard Edition 1.5 is ready-to-run with Windows 2000 Server or Windows NT Server 4.0, Terminal Server Edition (TSE), providing access to multi-user Windows-based applications supporting both Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) or Citrix's Independent Computing Architecture (ICA). This new solution also includes local 3270, 5250, VTxxx and other ASCII emulators. It is available now from ShopIBM at a price of $699.

New Systems Installation Toolkit Eases Migration to Windows 2000 Professional.

The new IBM System Installation Toolkit, Professional Edition introduces powerful system deployment and migration tools that can facilitate and expedite deployment of Windows 2000. The suite of software tools enable unattended installation of new computers on a network, automated operating system and application software installation, and seamless transfer of printer and other individual Windows settings when migrating to a new hardware or software platform. Existing IBM customers may download the System Installation Toolkit from the IBM Web site at no charge. Licenses to use the System Installation Toolkit on non-IBM systems are available from Options by IBM. Details are available at http://www.ibm.com/pc/us/options.

IBM PC products can be found on the world Wide Web http://www.pc.ibm.com .

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