CUPERTINO, Calif. --May 28, 1997-- In response to customer feedback, Symantec Corporation (Nasdaq: SYMC) announced enhanced integration with Microsoft Outlook is now available in WinFax PRO 8.0, the first full-featured, 32-bit fax and telephony software to support both Windows 95 and Windows NT (3.51 and 4.0). Lotus Organizer phonebook support, and multiple enhancements to address customer support issues are also available free to WinFax PRO 8 customers using the product's built-in LiveUpdate technology. Users need only click on the LiveUpdate menu item to automatically update their software via modem or Internet connection.
"The ability to view all my e-mail and fax messages from one message center, within one application, is very important to me," remarked Kenny West, of www.pilotgear.com. "I am pleased to see that I can now view my WinFax messages within MS Outlook, and use the Outlook phonebook for all my contact information."
To improve their productivity, customers using Office 97 and WinFax now have the option to set up an integrated message center on their PC, with the ability to view WinFax and Talkworks message folders within Outlook, and to drag and drop WinFax messages into other Outlook folders. Users also have the convenience of initiating a fax from the Outlook message view.
"I count on WinFax and Talkworks as reliable messaging solutions for my business," said Bruce Smith, VP and General Manager of Summit Machine Tool Manufacturing. "I ran into some issues running WinFax PRO 8 with a new OEM version of Windows 95. Symantec identified the problem quickly, and provided a "fix" in this update release. They also gave me the opportunity to test the solution, and I am happy to report that my problem is solved.""Our LiveUpdate technology makes it easy to respond quickly to changes in the technology our customers are using, making them more productive, and reducing the need for technical support calls. We address changes made by other vendors that affect our product, such as keeping our modem compatibility lists and print drivers current." said Ralph Musgrove, Product Manager for WinFax PRO 8.0. "In the case of MS Outlook, our growing base of Office 97 users wanted the same high level of integration of the phonebooks and message viewing options that we provided with Microsoft Exchange, and I am pleased that we have been able to deliver it to them."
WinFax PRO works with Symantec ACT!, the popular contact manager, and personal information managers (PIMs) such as Outlook and Lotus Organizer, by allowing users to use their existing phonebooks to save the time and hassle of re-entering contact information. Users can view supported phonebooks within WinFax, drag and drop entries from any of the phonebooks into the WinFax recipient list.
How LiveUpdate Works
With the click of a button, LiveUpdate launches a Wizard to guide users through the software update process. First, LiveUpdate detects the availability of an Internet connection or modem and automatically connects to a Symantec server. Once LiveUpdate is connected to the Symantec site, the system downloads the appropriate file information specific to that product, eliminating the need for users to scroll through information not applicable to their product. For example, if a user was enacting LiveUpdate from WinFax PRO 8.0, LiveUpdate would locate and download all new information related to that product. Once the user confirms that they want to enact the update, LiveUpdate then completes the operation. To further boost productivity, LiveUpdate works in the background so that users may continue to work while the program is updating. Current and future purchasers of WinFax PRO 8.0 can find and execute LiveUpdate under the help menu in the main WinFax program screen.
Pricing and Availability
WinFax PRO 8.0 is available at retail for an estimated street price of $99.00USD. WinFax PRO 7.5 users can upgrade for $19.95 (plus shipping and handling). Users running all other versions of WinFax PRO or WinFax LITE can upgrade for $49.95 (plus shipping and handling). To order, or for further information on upgrades, customers can contact Symantec at 1-541-335-7000.
WinFax PRO 8.0 requires a 486 computer (Pentium recommended) with a minimum of 8MB RAM (16MB recommended), Windows 95 or Windows NT (3.51 or 4.0), 25MB disk space for a minimum install (44MB for a full install) and Class 1, Class 2, Class 2.0 or CAS-compatible fax modem. A voice capable fax modem is required, and a sound card recommended, for TalkWorks.
For more information on WinFax PRO 8, visit the WinFax product information area on our web site: http://www.symantec.com/winfax/.
About Symantec Corporation
Symantec Corporation helps make users productive and keep their computers safe and reliable anywhere and anytime. Symantec offers a broad range of solutions and is acclaimed as a leader in both customer satisfaction and product brand recognition. The company is focused on addressing customer needs in three main application areas: the Norton product line of anti-virus and PC-assistance products; the pcANYWHERE, WinFax and ACT! product lines that cater to remote user productivity; and the Cafe product lines in Internet development tools. Founded in 1982, the company's global operations span North America, Europe, Japan and several fast growing markets throughout Asia Pacific and Latin America. Traded on Nasdaq under the symbol SYMC, Symantec Corporation is based in Cupertino, California and employs more than 2000 people. Information on the company and its products can be obtained by calling (800) 441-7234 toll free, (541) 334-6054 or accessed on the World Wide Web at http://www.symantec.com.
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