Hewlett-Packard Co is planning to extend its network and systems management tools to work on the Microsoft Corp CE operating system, as used on HP’s own 320LX palmtop personals. The company’s new web-based Top Tools remote management software, announced earlier this month (CI No 3,243) will be extended to enable palmtops to be managed as a component on enterprise networks. HP’s TopTools initiative, delivering management applications on Vectra PCs and workstations as well as the palmtops, is scheduled to roll out over the next few months, and is part of HP’s efforts to cut down the total cost of ownership of desktop systems, by simplifying management. The management facility for palmtops will emerge with forthcoming systems that run version 2.0 of Windows CE, due out late in 1997. HP recently cut the cost of its palmtops by $100 to $600, and announced a free ROM upgrade which will enable existing users to upgrade to Windows CE 2.0.
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