Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Dell launches "Vostro" for small business market (

BEIJING, July 11 (Xinhuanet) -- Dell gained a larger share of the small business market Tuesday by launching the "Vostro" brand of notebook and desktop personal computers designed to simplify tech support to small business with 25 or fewer employees.

Vostro, a Latin word meaning "yours," joins Dell's existing product lines, which include Inspiron for consumers, the Latitude and Optiplex for large companies, and the XPS for gamers.

Vostro PCs will come with a suite of subscription-based services and a dedicated tech support staff, said Frank Muehleman, senior vice president of Dell's small and medium business group.

Vostro systems will be available with Windows Vista or XP operating systems, but won't come with any so-called "trialware," or sample versions of software that expire after a few weeks or months, Muehleman said.

The systems include three notebooks with screens ranging from 14 to 17 inches and starting prices from 449 to 799 dollars. A desktop version will be available starting at 319.

CEO Michael Dell said at a press conference in New York a customer without any IT experience can get a Vostro PC up and running in six minutes and can connect it to the company network in only six steps.

Vostro will also come with a 30-day money-back guarantee and services that Muehleman said would make it easier for small businesses to focus on productivity instead of technical computer issues.

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