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By Paula Musich  |  Posted 2002-09-04 Print this article Print

: Intel Sells Software Division"> Intel has pledged to help in the transition over the next three months to insure that customers are not affected by the change. The new company intends to use existing channels to market the software. "The trick will be to sustain the channel partners they have in place. That will be a unique differentiator for them. Others dont have that global presence," said Colville. At the same time, the new company will be challenged to maintain the "reasonable" pricing that Intel has created for the LANdesk product line, she believes. "Lets see if they can do that outside of Intel."
The new company will pursue other opportunities not yet addressed in the product lineup, which includes LANDesk Management Suite, LANDesk Client Manager, LANDesk Server Manager, LANDesk Asset Service, Instant Support Suite, Mobile Manager and Remote Services. "The current product (suite) covers inventory, metering, alerting, policy management, software distribution and remote control. Wed like to extend its capabilities. The team knew they needed to do that, but couldnt," said Wang. One possible functional extension to LANdesk management suite includes settings migration, which is now only addressed through a reseller relationship.
In the last 18 months, slumping sales and a slowdown in tech spending has spurred Intel to exit several businesses and focus more on making processors, its main source of revenue. Among its more prominent moves, the chip maker closed its consumer products division, which made such items as digital cameras and mp3 music players, and announced a gradual shut down of its Web hosting business, for which it took a $100 million charge against in earnings last quarter. On Thursday, Intel is scheduled to give a mid-quarter update in which it will indicate how sales are faring this quarter, with several Wall Street analysts predicting the chip maker will lower its earnings projections because of weaker than expected consumer PC spending. Related Stories:
  • Intel Adds Mobile Support to LANDesk
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