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Dressing Up That Humdrum Office Computer

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LATELY, IT SEEMS AS IF ALL the nifty new gadgets for personal computers--speakerphones, stereo sound, CD-ROM drives, and voice mail--are bound for the fast-growing home-PC market. What's new for the office? Plenty, says AT&T Global Information Solutions (GIS).

In May, GIS will unveil two new high-powered business PCs, the Globalyst 720 and Globalyst 730. The machines feature dual Pentium processors, 8 megabytes of RAM, and 16-bit stereo sound to record and play back digital audio. And they emphasize AT&T's expertise in communications. For example, the new PCs come preloaded with Vistium Share, a program that lets far-flung workers collaborate on an electronic document. Then there's NoteIt!, a screen saver that takes messages. Visitors who drop by your office while you are away can type a message on the PC's keyboard or record one using the built-in microphone. So instead of pasting a yellow sticky note on your screen, the boss can speak into an absent employee's PC: "Come see me if you ever get back from lunch."EDITED BY AMY CORTESE

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