"In an unprecedented move by a Fortune 500 company,
Hewlett-Packard Company has made its e-speak source code freely
available to software developers and the public via the Internet at
"More than 1,000 software developers are working with HP to
develop applications on the e-speak platform; HP also is working
with more than 100 business partners to create e-speak services.
Examples of such businesses include an engineer dispatch e-service
by Ericsson and a multimedia broker for training services by
"According to Rajiv Gupta, HP's chief architect of e-speak,
"Just as HTML gave rise to a new set of economic models that
radically transformed e-business in Chapter 1 of the Internet, we
expect a whole new wave of business models and revenue
opportunities to emerge as the Net leaps off the PC and into our
daily lives. By open-sourcing e-speak, HP is providing the
technology underpinnings for creating a new breed of intelligent
services and appliances. We aim to make it possible for requests
for services to be automatically brokered, bid and transacted on
the Net, from any device."
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