Symantec Ships First Telecommuting Productivity Solution
- pcTelecommute gives telecommuters everything they need to work from home -
Cupertino, Calif --September 1, 1998-- Symantec Corporation
(Nasdaq:SYMC), the world leader in utility software for business and
personal computing, today announced it is shipping pcTelecommute
gives telecommuters everything they need to work from home. It offers
integrated work logging, call management, faxing, file transfer, file
synchronization, and remote control.
"With pcTelecommute, I get remote control, fax, and call management
with one installation," said beta-tester Pete Durst, a computer
instructor based in Ottawa, Canada. "And the product is very easy to
use. Symantec created a drag-and-drop interface that's very intuitive.
In fact, once you have the application open, you simply click to do
whatever you want-send a fax, send a file, even update the application
via LiveUpdate. By minimizing the amount of information users have to
provide, Symantec has made telecommuting pretty painless."
"Symantec has led the industry in providing users the tools they need
to be productive anytime, anywhere," said Christopher Calisi, vice
president of Symantec's Remote Productivity Business Unit. "With
pcTelecommute, Symantec enhances its long-standing market leadership
with the first solution designed specifically for the growing
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 or modified, phone calls made and received, and
faxes sent and received during the day. With this information, users
can easily keep track of their work, or easily create a status report
for 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.
Reliable Communications for Easy Access
pcTelecommute provides reliable 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.
In order to help organizations provide better and more efficient
support for its remote workers, pcTelecommute is also compatible with
pcANYWHERE 8.0. This allows the company help desk to remotely support
telecommuters in their organization.
The fax functionality provided by pcTelecommute allows users the
ability to send and receive faxes from their home desktop so that they
can keep in touch with co-workers, managers, and clients, without the
expense of a home fax machine.
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
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.
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.
Pricing and Availability
pcTelecommute is available now and is priced at US$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, 30
days of free Internet access from Netcom, and a telephone line
splitter. A 30-day trial version is also available from the Symantec
pcTelecommute requires an 80486 DX2/66 MHz processor (Pentium
processor recommended), 8MB RAM (16MB or greater recommended), 35MB
free hard disk space, VGA video, CD-ROM drive, and a Class 1, Class 2,
or CAS-compatible fax modem (CallerID-capable modem recommended).
pcTelecommute is compatible with Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows NT
Workstation, and Windows NT Server 4.0.
Symantec is the world leader in utility software for business and personal computing.
Symantec products and solutions help 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. Symantec is traded on Nasdaq under the symbol SYMC. More information
on the company and its products can be obtained at www.symantec.com.
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