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News from Comdex 2003

ADT is at Comdex this week in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Siebel pitches CRM for the everyone
Siebel jumped out of hosted CRM. With SalesForce.com looming nearby, Siebel is set to jump back in. Read more

McNealy touts AMD-Sun pact
Sun Microsystems' CEO Scott McNealy broke some big news in his Comdex keynote audience yesterday -- his firm has finally looked outside for processors to run its biggest machines. McNealy disclosed that Sun has teamed up with Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) to develop 64-bit servers based on AMD's Opteron processors. Read more

Chinese firm buys into Java Desktop System
Scott McNealy, CEO of Sun Microsystems, did have one surprising (read: mostly unleaked announcement to deliver with his keynote: Sun has agreed to work with the China Standard Software Co. Ltd. to develop desktop computers based on Sun's Linux-based Java Desktop System. This deal could lead to the installation of the software on hundreds of millions of computers in the People's Republic of China, McNealy said. Read more

Gates opens Comdex by pitching 'Seamless Computing'
Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates focused his opening keynote at this year's Comdex on ''seamless computing,'' his designation for the next phase in the evolution of information technology in which the interactions among disparate devices will be smoothed and refined -- made ''seamless.'' It's a challenge that Gates sees as a software issue. Read more

Shrinking Comdex shifts focus
The annual Comdex computer industry trade show gets underway this week in Las Vegas, with observers expecting it to bear only a passing resemblance to the glitzy, consumer-oriented extravaganzas of past years. Event organizers have in fact taken pains to focus the show exclusively on products and issues facing IT professionals. Read more

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