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PC makers get in gear

Gateway, Apple and Dell have each been busy with new plans. Look for computers stocked in the Country stores, remote access and low-cost laptops.

Rivals Apple Computer, Gateway, and Dell Computer have been busy this week kicking off new strategies and products. Gateway Country stores will now offer computers to go, Apple is dialing into remote access for its latest operating system, and Dell touts a notebook for the budget-minded. Will their risks pay off? Gateway shifts retail strategy
The PC maker hopes to boost its Country stores by stocking PCs and notebooks.
March 15, 2002 
Apple turns on remote access for OS X
The computer maker quietly releases new software for accessing Mac OS X clients remotely, a move aimed to take advantage of the back-to-school buying season.
March 15, 2002 
Dell notebook to woo budget buyers
The PC maker is set to launch a new sub-$1,000 consumer notebook under its SmartStep brand, targeted at first- or second-time PC buyers on a budget.
March 15, 2002 
previous coverage
Is Apple stocking its own shelves first?
Shortages of a hot new product have Macintosh dealers grumbling that Apple Computer is showing preferential treatment to company-owned retail stores
March 13, 2002 
IDC high on PC sales
The research firm nearly doubles its previous forecast for worldwide PC unit growth this year. The new optimism is a switch from analysts' earlier predictions.
March 13, 2002 
Gateway throws a profile punch at iMac
Apple Computer has whipped up a frenzy with its new flat-panel iMac, and Gateway is getting in on the action with the release this summer of its fourth-generation Profile PC, sources say.
March 8, 2002 
HP takes lead in consumer PC sales
Hewlett-Packard execs credit the company's gains to strong retails sales and the debut of Windows XP. But it faces a tough competitor: Dell.
March 5, 2002