Cupertino, Calif. --June 8, 1998-- Symantec Corporation (Nasdaq:SYMC), the worldwide leader in PC communications software, today announced pcTelecommute, the industry's first telecommuting productivity solution. pcTelecommute is easy-to-use and provides integrated features, productivity tools, and support that will help make telecommuting easier to implement.
"Symantec has been delivering market leading solutions for many years that have allowed professionals to work from various remote locations. pcTelecommute has been specifically designed to meet the needs of individuals that work from home one to three days per week," said Christopher Calisi, vice president of Symantec's Remote Productivity Business Unit. "pcTelecommute will help telecommuters increase their productivity by providing the tools they need in one package."
According to a Gartner Group report, there will be an estimated 55 million telecommuters by the year 2000. A survey conducted by Telecommute America Week shows that the number one reason why people telecommute is to be more productive. Telecommuting allows organizations to hire and retain employees in today's competitive employment environment which assists organizations in maintaining a competitive advantage. Telecommuters are able to eliminate and reduce lost commuting time and costs. They are better able to manage interruptions, improve their personal productivity, and maintain a better family balance and quality of life.
pcTelecommute Provides Increased Productivity
pcTelecommute provides the tools that telecommuters need to be more productive. Work Monitor provides users with an activity log that tracks files accessed, phone calls made and received, and faxes sent and received during the day. With this information, users can easily create a status report for their use or for submitting to their manager.
DayEnd SyncTM allows users to keep their office PC up-to-date with the most current versions of files when they work from home. pcTelecommute reminds the user at the end of their telecommuting workday which files have changed and prompts them for an automatic file synchronization with their office PC.
Call Screening lets users control their interruption level and further increase their productivity by allowing them to see who is calling. This technology is available directly from the PC and utilizes their CallerID service provided by their local telephone company.
In order to best meet the comprehensive needs telecommuters, pcTelecommute also include "Tips for the Productive Telecommuter," video clips by Gil Gordon, a leading telecommuting consultant. Users will also receive "The Telecommuter's Advisor" by June Langhoff, a noted author in the telecommuting field.
Power Communications for Easy Access
pcTelecommute provides powerful communications capabilities utilizing technology from market leading pcANYWHERE and WinFax PRO. With pcTelecommute, users can access information from their office PC using remote control technology from pcANYWHERE. Users can also transfer files between the home and office.
pcTelecommute is also compatible with pcANYWHERE 8.0. This allows the company help desk to remotely support telecommuters in their organization.
pcTelecommute also includes fax functionality. Users can send and receive faxes from their desktop, which allows them to keep in touch with co-workers, managers, and clients.
Ease of Use Capabilities
pcTelecommute provides an integrated user interface for enhanced ease of use. The Telecommute Control Center is a toolbar-like interface that gives users a centralized place to access all functionality within pcTelecommute.
The product also includes an easy-to-use installer with wizards that will walk through the installation and set-up of all applications and configurations of both the home and office PC.
Pricing and Availability
pcTelecommute will be available in August, 1998 for an estimated retail price of U.S. $99.95. The product includes 7x24 technical support in North America free for 90 days. After 90 days, additional support can be purchased on a per call basis or by flat fee. The product also includes Internet Explorer 4.0, a NETCOM 30 day free trial offer, and a phone line splitter. A 30 day trial version will also be available.
pcTelecommute requires an 80486 DX2/66 MHz processor, 8MB RAM and 35MB free hard disk space, VGA video, CD-ROM drive, fax modem required and CallerID capable modem recommended. pcTelecommute is compatible with Windows 95, Windows 98, and Windows NT Workstation and Server 4.0.
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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