Mobile Essentials Personal Edition Available Free To Public
Based on Powerful Corporate Version, Software Enables Mobile Professionals to Heighten Productivity by Instantly Adjusting Laptop/Notebook Settings to New Locations
CUPERTINO, Calif. October 26, 1999 - Symantec Corp. (Nasdaq: SYMC) today
announced that Mobile Essentials Personal Edition is available free to the public
for a limited time. Based on Mobile Essential 2.0, Mobile Essentials Personal
Edition simplifies the often cumbersome and error-prone task of reconfiguring
laptop and notebook settings with every location change. Mobile Essentials
Personal Edition increases user productivity while reducing help desk support
demands. For a limited time, the software can be downloaded free from the
Symantec web site at www.symantec.com/me.
"Mobile Essentials Personal Edition removes much of the uncertainty and
complexity associated with laptop computing. With this offer, Symantec is
providing corporate users as well as small-business professionals an exclusive
opportunity to enjoy the benefits of using this powerful tool to maximize
productivity while away from the office," said Robin Matlock, vice president of
product management, Symantec Corporation.
Mobile Essentials Personal Edition enables mobile professionals to quickly adjust
to different work environments that require various dialing, TCP/IP, default
printer, e-mail, and browser settings. As a result, instead of using traditional
manual methods of configuration that can take nearly 20 minutes per location,
users can configure up to four unique locations in advance and then simply click
on the preconfigured location upon arrival at their destination. All settings
change automatically and instantly, resulting in a dramatic decrease in downtime
and a significant increase in productivity. With Mobile Essentials Personal
Edition, users can also modify locations when necessary. Consequently they spend
less time adjusting their laptop settings and make fewer calls to the help desk.
This, in turn, leads to increased productivity and uptime.
Mobile Essentials Personal Edition meets the personal needs of individual users
while Mobile Essentials 2.0 is a corporate tool. Individuals use Mobile
Essentials Personal Edition to configure and manage their own location settings,
IT departments use the corporate edition, Mobile Essentials 2.0, to create laptop
configuration settings once and then quickly deploy those settings to mobile
professionals throughout their organization. In addition to enabling IT staff to
configure and distribute dialing, TCP/IP, printer, e-mail, and browser settings,
the corporate product also enables IT professionals to create and deploy multiple
network and dialup networking settings using the Location Administrator. Mobile
Essentials 2.0 supports a virtually unlimited number of locations and enables
administrators to distribute updated profiles from a central location via e-mail;
the update then installs automatically, without requiring user intervention.
Symantec is a world leader in Internet security technology and technology
solutions that help companies manage and support workforces that use laptop
computers and other mobile devices.
The company is a leading provider of software products for the consumer market
and is rapidly growing its presence as a provider of solutions to enterprise organizations
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