FRAMINGHAM (01/20/2000) - PeopleSoft Inc. in Pleasanton, Calif., has released an upgrade of its business analysis software with new support for accessing the applications from Web browsers. New applications are also being added for analyzing human resources data and for monitoring corporate performance using so-called Balanced Scorecard techniques. PeopleSoft also released an Internet-enabled version of its development tools. Pricing wasn't disclosed.

Compaq Computer Corp. has cut prices by up to 20 percent on its Armada commercial notebook PC line. The Houston-based firm also reduced prices by as much as 8 percent on some models of its Deskpro Workstation and Professional Workstationproducts.

Officials said the price cuts Compaq is passing on to its enterprise customers are a result of competitive pricing and cost savings.

Microsoft Corp. and three other large companies have joined the Bluetooth Special Interest Group, more than a year after the organization was founded.

Bluetooth is a set of protocols for wireless communications over short distances among devices such as handheld computers, laptops, PCs and mobile phones.

All told, there are about 1,200 companies in the Bluetooth group. Microsoft, 3Com Corp., Lucent Technologies Inc. and Motorola Inc. joined the organization as part of the "promoter group," which already includes Ericsson Inc., IBM, Intel Corp., Nokia Corp. and Toshiba Corp.

TSI International Software Ltd. in Wilton, Conn., announced several business-to-business integration tools, including an e-commerce broker and software that can tie existing corporate systems to the Web. Pricing for TSI's full Mercator E-Business Broker suite starts at $400,000.

TSI, one of the many vendors jockeying for a position in the application integration market, also said it's changing its name to Mercator Software Inc.

Irving, Texas-based i2 Technologies Inc. said it plans to launch an Internet-based application hosting service for retailers and consumer packaged goods companies by the end of March.

The hosted applications will be part of i2's TradeMatrix online exchange and support functions, which include demand forecasting and business collaboration tools.The company also said it's working with Los Angeles-based Fasturn Inc. to set up an online marketplace for apparel and textile businesses.

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