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DIGITAL IS SPINNING NEW WEB PLANS

DIGITAL EQUIPMENT PLANS a major expansion of its venture into cyberspace. On May 7, the company will launch an Internet software division aimed at selling to corporate users.

Six months ago, mentioning DEC and the Internet in the same breath would have seemed a stretch. But Digital's superfast Alta Vista Internet search engine, which premiered Dec. 15, put the computer maker on the cybermap--at www.digital.com. The Web site draws over 6 million hits daily.

Digital now plans to license the Alta Vista technology to companies seeking to index information for quick user access. Digital says it has no plans to spin off Alta Vista and will keep offering its Web site indefinitely. Other Web-search sites have been the basis for hot startups such as Yahoo!

Digital already sells Internet security software to companies, including a ``firewall'' to keep out intruders and ``tunneling'' software to secure the link between a company's internal network and customers. But Net software still is a tiny fraction of DEC's $1 billion software business, and DEC execs say it won't add to the bottom line for at least a year.

By Paul C. Judge EDITED BY LARRY LIGHT


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