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Symantec Announces pcANYWHERE™CE for Handheld PCs

New Communications Product for the Windows CE Operating System Provides Access to Information Anywhere, Anytime.

Editors Summary:

  • pcANYWHERE CE provides reliable, fast remote access to applications and files on the desktop -- from the palm of the hand.
  • First-of-its-kind solution for the Windows CE platform, making the handheld PC an extension of the office PC and/or network.
  • Reliable remote control to connect and take control of a pcANYWHERE32 v7.5 for Windows 95 or NT host PC.
  • Innovative viewing technologies, such as ezZOOM and ezSCROLL allow users to view and control a host PC with a larger relative display area from a much smaller display on the HPC.
  • Seamless Clipboard text transfer allows the user to easily move text between the remote Windows CE PC and their desktop PC back at the office.

Demo 97, Palm Springs, CA --February 10, 1997-- Symantec Corporation (Nasdaq:SYMC), the industry leader in remote communication software, today unveiled pcANYWHERE CE, new remote access communications software designed specifically for the new Microsoft Windows CE operating system. pcANYWHERE CE is the first handheld software to remotely access files, applications and information from a PC in a remote location using a Windows CE-based handheld PC (H/PC). pcANYWHERE CE allows users to quickly find and use information, run applications and transfer text to and from their desktop PC.

"Most of us are familiar with the operations and benefits of the TV remote control, the garage door opener, pagers, and the cellular phone," said Christopher Calisi, Vice President of the Remote Productivity Solutions Business Unit at Symantec. "pcANYWHERE CE is the first handheld PC remote control software. For a mobile professional who wants to quickly send e-mail with attachments, check out any web site at full network speed while on the road, or an IS professional who needs to fix an NT server across the country--pcANYWHERE CE on an H/PC is the ideal solution."

"As the H/PC emerges this year, software solutions that increase users productivity are the key to success," comments Tim Bajarin, President of Creative Strategies of San Jose, CA. "I am impressed with the innovative viewing technologies that have been specifically developed for pcANYWHERE CE. This product is going to be key in building interest and acceptance for this new platform."

Now with support for the brand new Windows CE platform (connecting to a Windows 95 or Windows NT pcA32 Host), pcANYWHERE CE running on a Windows CE-based H/PC will truly provide users with an "information anywhere" tool. This will bring users expanded access to their information without the need to carry around a 10 lb. notebook PC.

"Symantec has developed an application which is a tremendous asset to the Windows CE handheld platform," said Jon Magill, director of marketing, consumer appliance group at Microsoft Corp. "The mobility of Windows CE and its memory storage limitations allow pcANYWHERE CE to fill the users' need for immediate access to all their information."

pcANYWHERE CE is a Windows CE-based communications product which provides remote control and text transfer capabilities within a single user interface. With pcANYWHERE CE, users can remotely access data and/or control applications located on another PC, workstation or network server which is acting as a host. With the introduction of the Windows CE-based H/PC, its limited memory and portable size serves to highlight Symantec's strengths and its "value add" to the platform.

pcANYWHERE CE Product Features

  • Initiate TCP/IP dial up connections through pcANYWHERE CE for easy access to data for remote professionals using Windows NT at the host
  • Maintains security requirements set by many MIS departments, ensuring secure access to data
  • Full Windows CE Plug n Play Support, including user options - TAPI/Unimodem support through Windows CE
  • Remote users can size the screen on the host side for optimal viewing
  • Clipboard text transfer option that allows for seamless text transfer
  • ezZOOMTM, a unique viewing option that allows fast navigation of host screen on H/PC
  • ezSCROLLTM, an easy, intuitive way to scroll host information without using scroll bars
  • The HostSCROLLTM viewing option that allows host mouse movements to be tracked on the H/PC--a valuable mobile help desk tool
  • On-line help assists users with setup and connection functions, thereby minimizing costly end user support and additional training for MIS/LAN Managers

Microsoft Windows Logo Support
Upon shipping, pcANYWHERE CE will meet all the requirements for the Windows CE and Windows 95 and Windows NT Logos, ensuring quality, compatibility, reliability, and ease-of-use. Cross-platform support for Windows NT 3.51/4.0 broadens the uses and compatibility of pcANYWHERE CE for the growing base of NT workstation users and their mobility needs such as easy remote control of NT servers.

Pricing and Availability:
pcANYWHERE CE is expected to ship in the first quarter of 1997. Estimated price of the full Host and Remote version in the United States is US$79.95. The remote-only version, which is compatible with pcANYWHERE32 v.7.5, will be available in the US at an estimated price of US$39.95. Pricing and availability outside of the United States may vary.

System Requirements
pcANYWHERE CE is designed for the WINDOWS CE operating system on the Remote side, and MS Windows 95 and/or Windows NT on the Host. On the Windows CE remote side, there are minimal Memory Requirements of 200K for storage memory, and 600K program memory. pcANYWHERE CE will run on a 2MB H/PC (4MB recommended). Supports 4 - Grayscale 480 x 240 output and TCP/IP dial-up networking (Windows NT Host only), Direct Connect and Serial - PCMCIA Modem connections.

Minimum requirements for the pcANYWHERE CE Host: MS Windows 95 and/or Windows NT. IBM compatible minimum 486SX 25MHz processor or higher, 10 MB hard disk space, 4 MB RAM (8 recommended), and VGA.

About Windows CE-based Handheld PCs
The handheld PC (H/PC) is a new category of mobile companion devices for Microsoft Windows -based PCs developed from the Microsoft Windows CE operating system platform. H/PCs are designed to provide the millions of mobile professionals using Windows-based personal computers an affordable, easy-to-use mobile PC companion to keep their most important information up-to-date and close at hand. All H/PCs have a sleek clamshell design, weigh under sixteen ounces and fit comfortably in a jacket pocket or purse. Base specifications for the device are approximately 7" long by 4" wide. While H/PCs share these basic characteristics, the various computer and consumer electronics manufacturers differentiate their handheld PC offerings with a variety of display, form factor, peripheral and packaged software options, allowing users to choose the configuration best suited to their individual needs.

The first H/PCs went on sale in North America in late November 1996. H/PC devices from additional OEMs are expected to roll out over the coming months with international versions expected before the second half of 1997. While there is no suggested retail price for the handheld PC with Windows CE, street prices for base configurations are expected to start around $500. Some of the leading computer and consumer electronics manufacturers that are developing and manufacturing handheld PCs include: Casio Computer Co., Compaq Computer Co., Hewlett-Packard Co., Hitachi Ltd., LG Electronics, NEC Corp. and Philips Electronics.

About Microsoft Windows CE
Microsoft Windows CE is an open, scaleable Windows platform for a broad range of communications, entertainment and mobile-computing devices including the H/PC. The standards-based Windows CE platform is an entirely new operating system built from the ground up to make possible new categories of business and consumer non-PC devices that can communicate with each other, share information with Windows-based PCs, and connect to the Internet. Windows CE makes the H/PC easy to learn and use, with a user interface incorporating many elements of the familiar Windows 95 interface.

This press release contains forward-looking statements concerning product development efforts by Symantec. There are certain important factors that could cause Symantec's future development efforts to differ materially from those anticipated by some of the statements made above. Additional information concerning these and other risk factors is obtained in the "Risk Factors" section of the Proxy statement dated July 29, 1996, the company's annual report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended March 29, 1996 and the Company's Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ending September 27, 1996.

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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