Redmond, Wash., and Cupertino, Calif. --January 20, 1998--Microsoft Corp. and fax-technology leader Symantec Corp. today announced a strategic relationship to deliver integrated fax technology capabilities to the Microsoft® Outlook™ 98 messaging and collaboration client. The agreement also outlines a broader working relationship to enhance and augment each company's communication and information management solutions.
The first joint project will be the inclusion of WinFax Starter Edition, which includes components of Symantec's award-winning WinFax PRO software, in Microsoft Outlook, a member of the world's most popular desktop productivity suite, Microsoft Office 97. The WinFax Starter Edition, designed for Microsoft Outlook 98, will provide integrated fax capabilities for Internet e-mail users. It is designed to be simple enough for use even by those who are unfamiliar with faxing directly from a computer. The software provides an easy upgrade path to the full version of Symantec WinFax PRO.
"We are excited about working with Microsoft to provide customers with software features that enhance and define the way they do business," said Christopher Calisi, vice president of the remote productivity solutions business unit at Symantec. "The combination of Symantec's commitment to quality software products and Microsoft's outstanding products provides customers with the most powerful messaging and collaboration solutions on the market today. The synergy between Symantec and Microsoft products will provide customers with new levels of connectivity, increased compatibility and seamless integration."
"We believe that offering an integrated fax solution based on WinFax will greatly benefit our customers of Outlook 98 and Microsoft Office," said Jon DeVaan, vice president, desktop applications division at Microsoft. "We look forward to working with Symantec on a range of projects aimed at providing the best communication and information management solutions to our mutual customers."
Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq "MSFT") is the worldwide leader in software for personal computers. The company offers a wide range of products and services for business and personal use, each designed with the mission of making it easier and more enjoyable for people to take advantage of the full power of personal computing every day.
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 Café 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 2,000 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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