CUPERTINO, Calif.-- November 11, 1996 -- Symantec Corporation (Nasdaq:SYMC) today announced the availability of ACT! 3.0 for Windows 95/NT, a fully customizable feature-rich individual and team contact manager. In this hectic and dynamic business world, it is imperative that applications provide users with a solution that grows and changes with every aspect of their business. New key features support the use of ACT! as the control center of daily activity to promote efficient productivity in and out of the office. With synchronization, customization and Internet connectivity features in ACT! 3.0, users can now easily maneuver in and out of applications and websites maintaining constant access and integration with critical contact and calendar information.
A native 32-bit application, ACT! 3.0 works the way users work, focusing on an intuitive, completely customizable interface. ACT! 3.0 also provides users with many types of contact exchange built in: from one contact to a whole database, and from LAN to Internet. As businesses grow and needs change, ACT! 3.0 provides a customizable and progressive method for managing contact and customer information.
"The contact management group is dedicated to providing customers with a flexible and easy-to-use contact management solution and to continually expand the definition for the individual, workgroup and department," said Bill Coleman, general manager of Symantec’s contact management division. "Business is dynamic and contact management software must allow professionals flexibility, customization and data sharing to build their relationships effectively and to ultimately turn those relationships into results."
For the millions of sales people that are considering adopting an electronic form of managing contacts, ACT! 3.0 offers users with the chance to immediately implement a contact management system without interrupting productivity. For professionals outside of the sales environment that participate in some form or part of the sales process and who are constantly challenged with accessing complete customer information, ACT! 3.0 works as an integral part of the desktop environment. ACT! can be used as a low-end and cost-efficient solution for sales automation, or as part of an integrated solution where users can take advantage of the more than 180 add on products developed specifically for ACT! 3.0.
"ACT! has always been my favorite contact manager, but this new version is the best yet-as easy to use as ever, and far more powerful," said George Colombo, President and founder of Influence Technologies, a sales force automation consulting firm. "ACT! 3.0 is an indispensable tool, one that belongs on every business professional’s computer."
ACT! 3.0 is a much anticipated release. With over one million ACT! users, Symantec focused on key development enhancements to address top user requests. ACT! 3.0 is now fully customizable and can be configured to the needs of the user and/or workgroup. New features layered behind the easy-to-use interface include: links to Microsoft Word and WordPerfect; the ability to attach letters and files to contacts; new contact form and list views; the ability to track business opportunities as well as people; simultaneous views of calendars by day, week or month; and shared customer and calendar information across an entire team.
ACT! 3.0 now provides TAPI support with a complete telephony integration function allowing users to take advantage of Caller-ID and direct dialing from a contact record. ACT! also features built-in network support and password protection to allow users to safely share customer information across a network. ACT! 3.0 also features advanced data exchange. Users can freely share their customer information and their calendar on a LAN, over email, or over the Internet. Built-in database synchronization provides database replication for workgroups.
ACT! 3.0 now offers Internet mail support, which allows users to send contact records to another ACT! user, broadcast ACT! messages to groups and other contacts, send and merge messages, and synchronize contacts and calendars over the Internet via Microsoft Exchange. With supports to most popular web browsers, ACT! now lets users store World Wide Web addresses with contact records. With just one click on the website field, users will have direct access those websites.
LiveUpdate, a user friendly technology that enables Symantec customers to easily obtain ACT! 3.0 product information, patches and updates and direct from Symantec via the Internet or a modem. It appears as an icon on the ACT! toolbar. With LiveUpdate, ACT! customers can keep up-to-date and without interrupting productivity. With the click of a button, LiveUpdate launches a Wizard to guide ACT! users through the software update process. To further boost productivity, LiveUpdate works in the background so that users may continue to work while the program is updating.
Windows 3.X Support
ACT! 3.0 for Windows will also continue to support the Microsoft Windows 3.X platform. ACT! 3.0 for Windows 3.1 will be available in January 1997 and will include all of the new features available in the 3.0 for Windows 95/NT product.
Pricing and Availability
ACT! for Windows 95 is now available from Symantec’s network of authorized resellers. It has an estimated retail price of $199.95 and an upgrade price of $89.95.
ACT! 3.0 for Windows requires Microsoft Windows 95, Windows 3.1, or Windows NT 3.51 or NT 4.0, PC with 80486 or higher microprocessor (80386 for Windows 3.1), 8 MB of RAM and at least 16 MB of free hard disk space.
About Symantec Corporation
Symantec Corporation develops, markets, and supports a complete line of application and system software products designed to enhance individual and workgroup productivity as well as manage networked computing environments. Platforms supported include IBM personal computers and compatibles, Apple Macintosh computers as well as all major network operating systems. Founded in 1982, the company's global operations span North America, Europe, and several fast growing markets throughout Asia Pacific and Latin America. Information on the company and its products can be obtained by calling (800) 441-7234 toll free or (541) 334-6054.
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