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February 18, 1997updated 05 Sep 2016 12:36pm

AS YOU WERE: GENERAL MAGIC CHANGES DIRECTION AGAIN

By CBR Staff Writer

Mobile operating system and intelligent agent software specialist General Magic Inc, Sunnyvale is on the move again. The company has just announced that it will now reposition itself as a provider of network services and applications based on a newly- granted patent on its intelligent agent technology. Instead of licensing its technology for use on the Internet, it now plans to develop agent-based network applications conceived to search out, analyze, link and distribute information for targeted groups of professionals, such as real estate and insurance agents. Downside is that the first products based on the new strategy won’t ship for 18 months, but the company told Dow Jones & Co it has pared its costs to the point where it can make it to product launch. General Magic will formally abandon its proprietary TeleScript communications language for autonomous agent software, but will incorporate the basic technology in Java-based products. In the meantime it has shipped the new version of its Magic Cap operating system to partners in the US and Japan for integration into a next generation of handheld communications devices. Code-named Rosemary, it is launched as Magic Cap 3.0.

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