Compaq Unveils New Products, Services and Solutions for Growing Businesses

Aggressively Priced, End-to-End Business Solutions Give SMBs Access to The

Power of the Internet to Start, Grow and Manage Their Companies



Apr 02, 2001, 01:00 ET from Compaq Computer Corporation

    HOUSTON, April 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Compaq Computer Corporation (NYSE:   CPQ)
 today unveiled in North America a host of ultra-value, end-to-end products,
 services and solutions for small and medium sized businesses (SMBs), giving
 them access to the power of the Internet to start, grow and manage their
 business in today's connected business environment.
     The cornerstone of today's announcement is Net Solutions for Business -- a
 set of integrated, online tools to help customers use the Internet to extend
 their competitive edge with effective online marketing; increase their sales
 through eCommerce capabilities; and run the day-to-day tasks of a growing
 business.
 
     Net Solutions for Business
     Leveraging Compaq's key industry partnerships and strong channel/value-
 added reseller relationships, Net Solutions for Business provides both
 individual and bundled Internet-based services to help SMBs start, grow and
 manage a business online at affordable prices.  From administration and sales
 to office automation and remote productivity, Net Solutions is a cohesive
 website that helps companies streamline their business processes, reduce costs
 and increase market reach with easy-to-use online tools.
     While online services have been available for several years, Compaq is
 providing both a powerful set of integrated applications from Microsoft
 bCentral, as well as a high-touch solution by working through the company's
 VAR and Agent channels to help growing businesses find custom-made services
 (available beginning in May).
     Compaq, in partnership with Microsoft bCentral, provides daily-use
 services such as Business Card, Business Web, Traffic Builder, Customer
 Manager, Commerce Manager and Finance Manager.  These services work together
 to allow a growing business to do everything from getting a Web address and
 building a website to establishing company-branded email accounts and selling
 goods and services through an online catalog.  Customers may start with the
 Business Web Service and gradually add other capabilities as their business
 needs expand.
     Net Solutions grows with customers to offer website management, additional
 company branded email accounts, search engine listings, banner exchanges,
 E-newsletter, and a listing in the MSN Yellow Pages.  Net Solutions also
 provides customer and commerce management tools to automate the selling of
 goods online through multiple marketplaces.
     Compaq Access is a new SMB connectivity service that makes conducting
 online business easy with secure, high-speed connectivity at a reasonable
 price.  The service includes Compaq DSL (digital subscriber line) for
 Business, a high-speed Internet access service, or Compaq Dial-Up for Business
 for companies who don't require high-speed access.
     Other options include Online Meeting Center for real-time interactive
 meetings on the Web, and Online Backup for economical, online file backup
 services to safeguard PC data in case of disaster.  Compaq Net Solutions also
 adds behind-the-scenes capabilities such as public relations, online
 advertising, direct mail and print ads, sales and marketing, recruiting,
 credit reports and debt collection.
     The Small Business Resource Center provides sales and marketing, finance
 and legal services.  Secure File Delivery is an Internet alternative to
 express courier delivery, while RingMeNow allows simple website customization
 for easy technical support and online collaboration from anywhere on the web.
 For more information, please see http://www.compaq.com/netsolutions.
 
     ProLiant Servers Deliver Industry-Leading Performance Starting at $999
     The ProLiant ML330e is an ultra-affordable, fully optimized server that
 enables small businesses to build their first network or expand their existing
 Internet capabilities.  The new Compaq ProLiant small business server is fully
 equipped with the latest ProLiant server innovations at a breakthrough price
 starting at $999(1), including the latest Intel(R) Pentium(R) processors,
 Compaq Intelligent Manageability tools and industry-leading reliability
 features.
     The ProLiant ML330e gives small businesses the features and capabilities
 of enterprise-class computing, with the right technology and IT support that
 enables them to stay focused on running their business.  The ProLiant ML330e
 offers proven industry-standard server technology coupled with a wealth of
 experience and support from Compaq channel partners for small businesses.  For
 more information, please see
 http://www.compaq.com/products/servers/proliantml330e.
 
     First Deskpro Workstation Under $1,400
     The Compaq Deskpro Workstation AP230 is designed for engineers, creative
 professionals and power-hungry users who demand the high performance and
 maximum value that a single-processor workstation provides.
     Starting at a breakthrough price of $1,399, the AP230 comes standard with
 an Intel Pentium 1GHz(2) processor and will be available in mid to late April.
 Based on Intel's 815e chipset, the AP230 offers memory support of up to 512MB
 of SDRAM(3), allowing users to keep pace with their ever-growing data sets.
 Standard models also include a 48X CD-ROM, integrated audio, integrated 10/100
 NIC(4), and Ultra ATA/100 or Ultra160 SCSI(5) hard drives.  Outstanding 2D,
 multi-display and 3D workstation graphics performance is possible with choices
 such as the NVIDIA Quadro2 MXR, ELSA Synergy II, and the Matrox Millennium
 G450 dual head.
     The AP230 is ideal for mainstream CAD, CAE, DCC, GIS(6) and software
 development applications.  For more information on Compaq workstations, see
 http://www.compaq.com/products/workstations/.
 
     Armada 110 Notebook PC
     The new Compaq Armada 110 combines powerful features with essential
 computing solutions in a price-performance combination ideal for growing
 businesses.  Starting at only $1,099, the Armada 110 models feature Intel
 Pentium III 800MHz(7) and Celeron(R) 700MHz processors, a stunning TFT(8)
 display with screen sizes up to 14.1-inches, 64MB(9) of memory, a 10GB(10)
 hard drive and the latest in multimedia options to provide an economical,
 robust notebook PC(11).
     Weighing less than seven pounds, the Armada 110 is a durable, all-in-one
 notebook that offers convenient, simultaneous access to the hard drive,
 diskette drive, and CD-ROM drive.  The Armada 110 also features a full-size
 keyboard with four easy-access Internet buttons that can be programmed for
 one-touch access to Net Solutions for Business content or other favorite
 Internet sites, files, or applications.
     A new Portable CarePaq(SM), part of Compaq's family of service and support
 offerings, includes 36-month Accidental Damage Protection for Compaq's
 commercial notebooks.  Four easy-to-buy plans include a warranty extension or
 onsite upgrade with accidental damage protection.  For more information, see
 http://www.compaq.com/smb/notebooks.
 
     New Models in Popular Deskpro EX Series
     The affordable Deskpro EX Series is a perfect fit for growing businesses
 needing simplified choices for general business computing at unbeatable
 values.  The latest versions of the Deskpro EX come in a space-saving
 microtower design with 64MB of SDRAM, a 10GB Ultra ATA hard drive, 48X CD-ROM,
 PCI(12) 10/100 NIC, and Microsoft(R) Windows(R) 98 SE.  An Intel Celeron
 667MHz model starts at $499, while an Intel Pentium III 733MHz model starts at
 $699.
     The Deskpro EX Series also offers Intel Pentium 4 processors at 1.3GHz and
 1.4GHz.  Starting at $1,549, each model features 128MB PC800 RDRAM(13), a 20GB
 Ultra ATA hard drive, NVIDIA TNT2 Pro 16MB AGP graphics, and Windows 2000
 Professional.  The products also come with an Intel Pro/100+ Management
 Network Adapter, 48X CD-ROM, and an Easy Access Internet Keyboard.  For
 further information, please see http://www.compaq.com/smb/desktops.
 
     Financial Services
     Financing is increasingly important to SMBs who need to maximize cash
 flow, yet want the flexibility to upgrade technology easily and affordably as
 their businesses grow.  Compaq Financial Services offers several programs for
 growing businesses to make it possible to get the technology they need.  New
 programs include the Compaq ProLiant $0 Down - 0% Interest Program(14).
 Customers can acquire the ProLiant solution they need now and make lease
 payments over 30 months with no interest and no down payment.  Qualifying
 servers include the ProLiant ML330, ML350, ML370, CL380, DL320, DL360 and
 DL380.  In addition, CFS offers special leasing programs for companies in
 business less than two years -- designed to help them when they need it most.
     Advantage Protection Plus protects customers against theft and
 full/partial loss or damage to all leased products at a low fee.  There's no
 deductible, customers can make affordable monthly payments, and users benefit
 from a simplified claims service 24x7.   For more information, see
 http://www.compaq.com/financialservices.
 
     Bequipt, The Accessory Store
     Compaq announced the addition of Bequipt, the Accessory Store -- a time-
 saving, one-stop shop for computing peripherals and supplies online -- to its
 website at Compaq.com.  Bequipt offers more than 500,000 products from over
 300 industry-leading manufacturers, plus a broad selection of Compaq products
 at competitive prices.  It is easy to use over the web or telephone and offers
 rapid delivery -- generally, orders received by 4 p.m. local time will ship
 that day.  See http://www.bequipt.com for details.
 
     eSupport for Growing Businesses
     The company also enhanced its eSupport program for growing businesses.
 This website is ideally suited for SMBs and makes it easy to access Compaq's
 web-based services, resources and expertise all through a single portal.  For
 more information, see http://www.compaq.com/support.
 
     Business Advantage Program
     Compaq Business Advantage is a Business-To-Business program targeted at
 mid-sized companies (100-999 employees) who wish to buy Compaq commercial
 products, services, and solutions directly from Compaq's DirectPlus store
 through a customized web page.  Business Advantage allows customers to browse
 and select products and options to create unique corporate standard
 configurations.  This can help reduce a company's administration costs by
 allowing employees to make purchase requests online, with management approval.
 Customers may participate in this program with assistance from their local
 Compaq reseller or agent.
     All products announced today will be available in the U.S. from Compaq
 directly through http://www.directplus.compaq.com or through the company's
 extensive network of value added resellers and agents.
 
     Company Background
     Compaq Computer Corporation, a Fortune Global 100 company, is a leading
 global provider of technology and solutions.  Compaq designs, develops,
 manufactures, and markets hardware, software, solutions, and services,
 including industry-leading enterprise computing solutions, fault-tolerant
 business-critical solutions, and communications products, commercial desktop
 and portable products, and consumer PCs that are sold in more than
 200 countries.  Information on Compaq and its products and services is
 available at http://www.compaq.com.
     Compaq and the Compaq logo Registered U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
 Product names mentioned herein may be trademarks and/or registered trademarks
 of their respective companies.  This press release may contain forward-looking
 statements based on current expectations that involve a number of risks and
 uncertainties.  The potential risks and uncertainties that could cause actual
 results to differ materially include: component shortages, delays in the
 implementation of changes in delivery models, increased competitive
 environment and pricing pressures, delays in product rollout schedules, slow
 acceptance for new form factors, employee retention, disruptions related to
 restructuring actions, the financial condition of resellers, delays in new
 systems implementation, operational inefficiencies related to sales cycles,
 equity investment volatility, and emerging market political or economic
 instability.  Further information on the factors that could affect Compaq's
 financial results is included in Compaq's Securities and Exchange Commission
 (SEC) filings, including the latest Annual Report on Form 10-K and the latest
 quarterly report on Form 10-Q.
 
      (1)  All prices listed herein are estimated U.S. selling prices; actual
           prices will vary.
      (2)  GHz = Gigahertz
      (3)  SDRAM = Synchronous Dynamic Random Access Memory
      (4)  NIC = Network Interface Card
      (5)  SCSI = Small Computer System Interface
      (6)  CAD/CAE = Computer-Aided Design and Engineering; DCC = Digital
           Content Creation; GIS = Geographical Information Systems
      (7)  MHz = Megahertz
      (8)  TFT = Thin Film Transistor
      (9)  MB = Megabytes
      (10) GB = Gigabyte
      (11) The Intel Celeron models of the Armada 110 will be available in mid-
           April; the Pentium III models will be available in late April.
      (12) PCI = Peripheral Component Interconnect
      (13) RDRAM = Rambus Dynamic Random Access Memory
      (14) Implicit interest rate, assuming lessee does not exercise a fair
           market value purchase option at the end of the lease term and timely
           returns leased equipment to Compaq Financial Services Corporation
           (CFSC) at the end of the lease term.  This offer cannot be combined
           with any other Compaq programs or discounts without the prior
           approval of CFSC. [Low rates on leases with $1 end of lease term
           purchase options also are available.]
 
 

SOURCE Compaq Computer Corporation
    HOUSTON, April 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Compaq Computer Corporation (NYSE:   CPQ)
 today unveiled in North America a host of ultra-value, end-to-end products,
 services and solutions for small and medium sized businesses (SMBs), giving
 them access to the power of the Internet to start, grow and manage their
 business in today's connected business environment.
     The cornerstone of today's announcement is Net Solutions for Business -- a
 set of integrated, online tools to help customers use the Internet to extend
 their competitive edge with effective online marketing; increase their sales
 through eCommerce capabilities; and run the day-to-day tasks of a growing
 business.
 
     Net Solutions for Business
     Leveraging Compaq's key industry partnerships and strong channel/value-
 added reseller relationships, Net Solutions for Business provides both
 individual and bundled Internet-based services to help SMBs start, grow and
 manage a business online at affordable prices.  From administration and sales
 to office automation and remote productivity, Net Solutions is a cohesive
 website that helps companies streamline their business processes, reduce costs
 and increase market reach with easy-to-use online tools.
     While online services have been available for several years, Compaq is
 providing both a powerful set of integrated applications from Microsoft
 bCentral, as well as a high-touch solution by working through the company's
 VAR and Agent channels to help growing businesses find custom-made services
 (available beginning in May).
     Compaq, in partnership with Microsoft bCentral, provides daily-use
 services such as Business Card, Business Web, Traffic Builder, Customer
 Manager, Commerce Manager and Finance Manager.  These services work together
 to allow a growing business to do everything from getting a Web address and
 building a website to establishing company-branded email accounts and selling
 goods and services through an online catalog.  Customers may start with the
 Business Web Service and gradually add other capabilities as their business
 needs expand.
     Net Solutions grows with customers to offer website management, additional
 company branded email accounts, search engine listings, banner exchanges,
 E-newsletter, and a listing in the MSN Yellow Pages.  Net Solutions also
 provides customer and commerce management tools to automate the selling of
 goods online through multiple marketplaces.
     Compaq Access is a new SMB connectivity service that makes conducting
 online business easy with secure, high-speed connectivity at a reasonable
 price.  The service includes Compaq DSL (digital subscriber line) for
 Business, a high-speed Internet access service, or Compaq Dial-Up for Business
 for companies who don't require high-speed access.
     Other options include Online Meeting Center for real-time interactive
 meetings on the Web, and Online Backup for economical, online file backup
 services to safeguard PC data in case of disaster.  Compaq Net Solutions also
 adds behind-the-scenes capabilities such as public relations, online
 advertising, direct mail and print ads, sales and marketing, recruiting,
 credit reports and debt collection.
     The Small Business Resource Center provides sales and marketing, finance
 and legal services.  Secure File Delivery is an Internet alternative to
 express courier delivery, while RingMeNow allows simple website customization
 for easy technical support and online collaboration from anywhere on the web.
 For more information, please see http://www.compaq.com/netsolutions.
 
     ProLiant Servers Deliver Industry-Leading Performance Starting at $999
     The ProLiant ML330e is an ultra-affordable, fully optimized server that
 enables small businesses to build their first network or expand their existing
 Internet capabilities.  The new Compaq ProLiant small business server is fully
 equipped with the latest ProLiant server innovations at a breakthrough price
 starting at $999(1), including the latest Intel(R) Pentium(R) processors,
 Compaq Intelligent Manageability tools and industry-leading reliability
 features.
     The ProLiant ML330e gives small businesses the features and capabilities
 of enterprise-class computing, with the right technology and IT support that
 enables them to stay focused on running their business.  The ProLiant ML330e
 offers proven industry-standard server technology coupled with a wealth of
 experience and support from Compaq channel partners for small businesses.  For
 more information, please see
 http://www.compaq.com/products/servers/proliantml330e.
 
     First Deskpro Workstation Under $1,400
     The Compaq Deskpro Workstation AP230 is designed for engineers, creative
 professionals and power-hungry users who demand the high performance and
 maximum value that a single-processor workstation provides.
     Starting at a breakthrough price of $1,399, the AP230 comes standard with
 an Intel Pentium 1GHz(2) processor and will be available in mid to late April.
 Based on Intel's 815e chipset, the AP230 offers memory support of up to 512MB
 of SDRAM(3), allowing users to keep pace with their ever-growing data sets.
 Standard models also include a 48X CD-ROM, integrated audio, integrated 10/100
 NIC(4), and Ultra ATA/100 or Ultra160 SCSI(5) hard drives.  Outstanding 2D,
 multi-display and 3D workstation graphics performance is possible with choices
 such as the NVIDIA Quadro2 MXR, ELSA Synergy II, and the Matrox Millennium
 G450 dual head.
     The AP230 is ideal for mainstream CAD, CAE, DCC, GIS(6) and software
 development applications.  For more information on Compaq workstations, see
 http://www.compaq.com/products/workstations/.
 
     Armada 110 Notebook PC
     The new Compaq Armada 110 combines powerful features with essential
 computing solutions in a price-performance combination ideal for growing
 businesses.  Starting at only $1,099, the Armada 110 models feature Intel
 Pentium III 800MHz(7) and Celeron(R) 700MHz processors, a stunning TFT(8)
 display with screen sizes up to 14.1-inches, 64MB(9) of memory, a 10GB(10)
 hard drive and the latest in multimedia options to provide an economical,
 robust notebook PC(11).
     Weighing less than seven pounds, the Armada 110 is a durable, all-in-one
 notebook that offers convenient, simultaneous access to the hard drive,
 diskette drive, and CD-ROM drive.  The Armada 110 also features a full-size
 keyboard with four easy-access Internet buttons that can be programmed for
 one-touch access to Net Solutions for Business content or other favorite
 Internet sites, files, or applications.
     A new Portable CarePaq(SM), part of Compaq's family of service and support
 offerings, includes 36-month Accidental Damage Protection for Compaq's
 commercial notebooks.  Four easy-to-buy plans include a warranty extension or
 onsite upgrade with accidental damage protection.  For more information, see
 http://www.compaq.com/smb/notebooks.
 
     New Models in Popular Deskpro EX Series
     The affordable Deskpro EX Series is a perfect fit for growing businesses
 needing simplified choices for general business computing at unbeatable
 values.  The latest versions of the Deskpro EX come in a space-saving
 microtower design with 64MB of SDRAM, a 10GB Ultra ATA hard drive, 48X CD-ROM,
 PCI(12) 10/100 NIC, and Microsoft(R) Windows(R) 98 SE.  An Intel Celeron
 667MHz model starts at $499, while an Intel Pentium III 733MHz model starts at
 $699.
     The Deskpro EX Series also offers Intel Pentium 4 processors at 1.3GHz and
 1.4GHz.  Starting at $1,549, each model features 128MB PC800 RDRAM(13), a 20GB
 Ultra ATA hard drive, NVIDIA TNT2 Pro 16MB AGP graphics, and Windows 2000
 Professional.  The products also come with an Intel Pro/100+ Management
 Network Adapter, 48X CD-ROM, and an Easy Access Internet Keyboard.  For
 further information, please see http://www.compaq.com/smb/desktops.
 
     Financial Services
     Financing is increasingly important to SMBs who need to maximize cash
 flow, yet want the flexibility to upgrade technology easily and affordably as
 their businesses grow.  Compaq Financial Services offers several programs for
 growing businesses to make it possible to get the technology they need.  New
 programs include the Compaq ProLiant $0 Down - 0% Interest Program(14).
 Customers can acquire the ProLiant solution they need now and make lease
 payments over 30 months with no interest and no down payment.  Qualifying
 servers include the ProLiant ML330, ML350, ML370, CL380, DL320, DL360 and
 DL380.  In addition, CFS offers special leasing programs for companies in
 business less than two years -- designed to help them when they need it most.
     Advantage Protection Plus protects customers against theft and
 full/partial loss or damage to all leased products at a low fee.  There's no
 deductible, customers can make affordable monthly payments, and users benefit
 from a simplified claims service 24x7.   For more information, see
 http://www.compaq.com/financialservices.
 
     Bequipt, The Accessory Store
     Compaq announced the addition of Bequipt, the Accessory Store -- a time-
 saving, one-stop shop for computing peripherals and supplies online -- to its
 website at Compaq.com.  Bequipt offers more than 500,000 products from over
 300 industry-leading manufacturers, plus a broad selection of Compaq products
 at competitive prices.  It is easy to use over the web or telephone and offers
 rapid delivery -- generally, orders received by 4 p.m. local time will ship
 that day.  See http://www.bequipt.com for details.
 
     eSupport for Growing Businesses
     The company also enhanced its eSupport program for growing businesses.
 This website is ideally suited for SMBs and makes it easy to access Compaq's
 web-based services, resources and expertise all through a single portal.  For
 more information, see http://www.compaq.com/support.
 
     Business Advantage Program
     Compaq Business Advantage is a Business-To-Business program targeted at
 mid-sized companies (100-999 employees) who wish to buy Compaq commercial
 products, services, and solutions directly from Compaq's DirectPlus store
 through a customized web page.  Business Advantage allows customers to browse
 and select products and options to create unique corporate standard
 configurations.  This can help reduce a company's administration costs by
 allowing employees to make purchase requests online, with management approval.
 Customers may participate in this program with assistance from their local
 Compaq reseller or agent.
     All products announced today will be available in the U.S. from Compaq
 directly through http://www.directplus.compaq.com or through the company's
 extensive network of value added resellers and agents.
 
     Company Background
     Compaq Computer Corporation, a Fortune Global 100 company, is a leading
 global provider of technology and solutions.  Compaq designs, develops,
 manufactures, and markets hardware, software, solutions, and services,
 including industry-leading enterprise computing solutions, fault-tolerant
 business-critical solutions, and communications products, commercial desktop
 and portable products, and consumer PCs that are sold in more than
 200 countries.  Information on Compaq and its products and services is
 available at http://www.compaq.com.
     Compaq and the Compaq logo Registered U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
 Product names mentioned herein may be trademarks and/or registered trademarks
 of their respective companies.  This press release may contain forward-looking
 statements based on current expectations that involve a number of risks and
 uncertainties.  The potential risks and uncertainties that could cause actual
 results to differ materially include: component shortages, delays in the
 implementation of changes in delivery models, increased competitive
 environment and pricing pressures, delays in product rollout schedules, slow
 acceptance for new form factors, employee retention, disruptions related to
 restructuring actions, the financial condition of resellers, delays in new
 systems implementation, operational inefficiencies related to sales cycles,
 equity investment volatility, and emerging market political or economic
 instability.  Further information on the factors that could affect Compaq's
 financial results is included in Compaq's Securities and Exchange Commission
 (SEC) filings, including the latest Annual Report on Form 10-K and the latest
 quarterly report on Form 10-Q.
 
      (1)  All prices listed herein are estimated U.S. selling prices; actual
           prices will vary.
      (2)  GHz = Gigahertz
      (3)  SDRAM = Synchronous Dynamic Random Access Memory
      (4)  NIC = Network Interface Card
      (5)  SCSI = Small Computer System Interface
      (6)  CAD/CAE = Computer-Aided Design and Engineering; DCC = Digital
           Content Creation; GIS = Geographical Information Systems
      (7)  MHz = Megahertz
      (8)  TFT = Thin Film Transistor
      (9)  MB = Megabytes
      (10) GB = Gigabyte
      (11) The Intel Celeron models of the Armada 110 will be available in mid-
           April; the Pentium III models will be available in late April.
      (12) PCI = Peripheral Component Interconnect
      (13) RDRAM = Rambus Dynamic Random Access Memory
      (14) Implicit interest rate, assuming lessee does not exercise a fair
           market value purchase option at the end of the lease term and timely
           returns leased equipment to Compaq Financial Services Corporation
           (CFSC) at the end of the lease term.  This offer cannot be combined
           with any other Compaq programs or discounts without the prior
           approval of CFSC. [Low rates on leases with $1 end of lease term
           purchase options also are available.]
 
 SOURCE  Compaq Computer Corporation