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....IBM eNetwork Personal Communications 4.2 unlocks the
value of the network by integrating applications on the
desktop...


IBM has announced the next version of its market-leading
client communications software, IBM eNetwork* Personal
Communications* version 4.2 for Windows** 95 and Windows
NT**. This new version extends the reach to more enterprise
data and applications as well as the Internet. This is
accomplished through the implementation of industry
standards such as VT 52/100/220 and the exploitation of
Microsoft** technologies such as ActiveX, OLE and ODBC. As a
result, the value of corporate information is maximized by
putting it within reach of all users. "At J.B. Hunt
Transport, we chose IBM's PCOMM for NT because we needed a
full-featured emulator which works with all of our legacy
systems and which is supported on multiple operating systems
(NT, OS/2, Windows 3.11)," said Brent Combs, manager of
client engineering for J.B. Hunt Transport, Inc. "PCOMM does
not require a host gateway, and it performs well in the NT
environment.

Additionally, PCOMM simplifies set up for TCP/IP and SNA,
and it reduces our support costs because of the consistency
across NT and OS/2." IBM also announced that Personal
Communications 4.2 has been "Designed for Microsoft
BackOffice**", demonstrating IBM's commitment to provide
software that integrates Smoothly in a Windows NT
environment.













Personal Communications is the industry's premier solution
for multiprotocol connectivity, complete host access APIs
and emulation support. It provides client connectivity to
S/390,* AS/400,* System/36* systems and UNIX hosts via 3270,
5250 and VT terminal emulation and host data access for
desktop applications. It exploits existing SNA-based
applications while bridging to future technologies requiring
multi-protocol support, including TCP/IP. A wide range of
connectivity options lets users connect from anywhere
through LAN, WAN and even wireless network capabilities.
According to International Data Corporation in its May 1997
report Worldwide SNA Client Review and Forecast, "IBM
continues to dominate the SNA client market, leading with
breadth of operating system coverage and range of pricing
options, accounting for 44.4% of the market." "Fortune 1000
companies are betting their businesses on the 24x7
reliability that Personal Communications assures in
accessing their critical information and applications
whenever they need them," said James Neiser, vice president
of marketing, IBM Networking Software division. "This
reliability is especially critical as companies deploy new
technologies across their networks to make e-business a
reality." New Features in IBM eNetwork Personal
Communications 4.2 Personal Communications sports new
features in desktop integration, intelligent network access,
performance and adapter support to further exploit
application integration on the desktop from hosts, and large
scale servers. Highlights include: IBM eNetwork Personal
Communications Host Access Class Library * simplifies access
to host application data with a set of powerful programming
objects. These host access classes are accessible through
ActiveX automation interfaces, Lotus script extensions, and
native C++ objects. Personal Communications Host Access
classes are functionally compatible with the newly announced
IBM Host on-Demand Version 2. OLE Support - improves
productivity by allowing users to embed and automate a
Personal Communications session in documents such as Lotus
1-2-3, Lotus NOTES and Microsoft Word. VT52, VT100, VT220
emulation and ASCII-host file transfer * adds access to UNIX
hosts with the same consistent look and feel of Personal
Communications' 3270 and 5250 emulation capabilities through
both asynchronous (communications port) and TCP/IP
connections. Database access for AS/400 and S/390 (through
ODBC) * improves user productivity and network integration
by enabling customers to access existing databases on
AS/400s and S/390 hosts from PC relational database
applications such as Microsoft Excel**, Lotus 1-2-3***,
dBase***, Oracle and Sybase**. AS/400 Network Drives
(previously called Shared Folders) * enables users to access
AS/400 files from Windows 95 and Windows NT so that files
appear as if they were on a PC drive. Price and Availability
Personal Communications 4.2 for Windows 95 and Windows NT
was made available worldwide on September 26, 1997 directly
from IBM and through authorized business partners. Suggested
retail pricing is $329 (US) for the base product and $279
(US) per additional license. Upgrade pricing from any IBM or
non-IBM equivalent communications client software package is
$139 (US) for the base product and $109 (US) for each
additional license. Personal Communications is also
available on OS/2, DOS and Windows 3.1 platforms. All the
software and support customers need is provided on a single
CD-ROM, enabling customers to change, move, or mix and match
clients on their users' desktops. IBM offers broad national
language support for Personal Communications making it easy
for users in different countries to access corporate data in
their native language. Personal Communications 4.2 ships in
16 national language versions: Brazilian Portuguese, Chinese
(Traditional and Simplified), Danish, English, Finnish,
French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean (Hanguel),
Norwegian, Russian, Spanish, Swedish and Turkish.

About IBM eNetwork Software Personal Communications is part
of IBM's eNetwork Software family of networking
communications products that provide enterprise-class
universal connectivity and information access for
cost-effective network computing. More information on IBM
eNetwork Personal Communications is available at
http://www.networking.ibm.com/eNetwork. IBM, the world's
largest software provider, creates, develops and
manufactures some of the industry's most advanced
information technologies, including computer systems,
software, networking systems, storage devices and
microelectronics. IBM offers information about the company,
its products, services and technology through the World Wide
Web. The fastest, and easiest way to get information about
IBM software is to go to the IBM Software home page at
http://www.software.ibm.com. * indicates trademark or
registered trademark of International Business Machines
Corporation. ** indicates trademark or registered
trademark of respective company.





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