Las Vegas, Nev --May 4, 1998-- Symantec Corporation (Nasdaq: SYMC), the leader in mobile applications, announced today at NetWorld+Interop, Symantec Mobile Update, a client/server application that keeps mobile users automatically up-to-date on any critical files through e-mail. Available in May, Mobile Update is specifically designed for mobile professionals who need to be kept up-to-date on the most current versions of documents, such as presentations, price lists and financial forecasts, but don't always have the time to connect to the network or intranet to retrieve them.
"Mobile Update is a revolutionary solution that places intelligence on the network to automatically detect and deliver just the changes made to critical business documents," said Christopher Calisi, vice president of Symantec's Remote Productivity Solutions Business Unit. "With this product, Symantec strengthens the ability of managers to keep their mobile users effectively up-to-date virtually anywhere."
For the IS professional, Mobile Update not only keeps the mobile employee up-to-date with critical information back at the office, but it also helps reduce the costs of mobile ownership. By reducing the size of document updates by as much as 95 percent, Mobile Update can have a significant impact on reducing the length of costly connection times. In leveraging the e-mail gateway, Mobile Update reduces the number and type of connections mobile users currently require to stay current on changing documents.
For mobile professionals, e-mail is the most popular and reliable connection made to the network and one of the easiest ways to receive information. Mobile Update combines Symantec's proprietary "delta" technology with binary compression to ensure that changes are packaged and compressed in the smallest format possible before sending them to the user as e-mail attachments. For example, just the cells in a spreadsheet or text in a presentation that change, get sent and are seamlessly updated on the client from within the user's e-mail. This dramatically speeds up the download times and alleviates the frustration faced by mobile users downloading over slow data connections.
Mobile Update comprises of both server and client components. The Mobile Update server resides on the corporate network, actively monitoring files for changes and processing changes. It automatically sends out the file updates at user-defined intervals through the corporate e-mail gateway to the mobile user's laptop. The entire process of updating a file locally is as simple as launching an e-mail attachment. Once an attachment is launched, the client's "update agent" seamlessly takes over performing a virus scan of the file, creating an optional backup of the local copy, and then applying the changes to the current file on the user's hard drive.
Through the client the user specifies which individual files or network folders to monitor and what do to with them once a change is detected. The client gives the user full control over how and when changes should be sent to them. Managers of mobile users can be confident that their team is using the most up-to-date documents available to give them a competitive advantage.
The Mobile Update server runs under Windows NT 4.0, Pentium 166 Mhz. or better, 32 MB of RAM and 20 MB of hard disk space. The Mobile Update client requires a PC with 80486 or higher processor, 8 MB of RAM, 10 MB hard disk space, and Windows 95/Windows NT. Mobile Update is compatible with most major e-mail systems including Microsoft Mail, Microsoft Exchange 5.0/5.5, Lotus Notes 4.x, Lotus cc:Mail 6.x, and all SMTP/POP3-compliant mail servers.
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 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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