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 telecommuting community."
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 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.
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 web site.
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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