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Qualcomm Raises the Bar For Free Internet Email With Major Upgrade to Eudora Light™ Software

– December 11, 1996 – Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ:QCOM), a leader in wireless communications and advanced electronic messaging solutions for the Internet, today announced the availability of Eudora Light 3.0.1 software, an enhanced, feature-rich version of its award-winning Internet email freeware. With 18 million users, the Eudora® family of software products is the world's most widely-used Internet email solution. Accessible as a free download from the Eudora division's website http://www.eudora.com, Eudora Light 3.0.1 software is available for the Macintosh platform and the public beta version is available for the Windows platform. Eudora Light 3.0.1 software for the Macintosh platform will also premiere on CNET's SHAREWARE.COM and DOWNLOAD.COM as an exclusive downloading opportunity for the first seven days of its availability.

"Building interest by providing completely functional, high utility freeware is one of the pioneering strategies which we established several years ago and has helped position the Eudora family of products as the leading Internet messaging software," stated Craig Brenner, director of Worldwide Marketing for Qualcomm's Eudora division. "Today's new Internet users are more demanding, and want an easy-to-use, but highly functional email solution right from the start. Eudora Light 3.0.1 software answers that demand with the most advanced feature-set of any Internet email freeware."

"Eudora Light 3.0.1 freeware's enhanced features provide users with a small taste of the power of Eudora Pro 3.0 software," Brenner said. Commenting on the marketing synergy of the two products, Brenner noted that the Eudora division recently introduced a program for Internet Service Providers (ISPs) that combines distribution of Eudora Light freeware with incentives to encourage customers to sample and purchase Eudora Pro™ software. ISPs interested in participating in this program can get information on the Eudora division's website at http://www.eudora.com/ISP.

Leveraging its reputation as an easy-to-use email solution for new Internet users, Eudora Light 3.0.1 software now offers productivity-enhancing features that make it the perfect start-up email software for home and small business users. Major new features include:

  • Basic Filters: Offers the power and flexibility to organize and manage email automatically.
  • Enhanced Find Dialog: Provides the ability to narrow searches to a mailbox or mailbox folder.
  • Mail Server Interaction: Allows control of mail transfers and storage on the POP server. Users can limit the size of messages they want automatically downloaded or limit how long they want deleted messages to stay on the server.
  • Drag & Drop Capabilities: Simplifies making file attachments and manipulating mailboxes, messages and large amounts of text.
  • Active URL Links: Users can double-click on a URL inside of a message to automatically open their favorite web browser or other Internet application.
  • New Extended Messaging Services API: Programming interface that makes it easier for other software applications to simply plug into Eudora software. For example, language conversion software may be developed that can translate a message from English to another language, or a security application may be created that can automatically encrypt/decrypt messages. Third-party developers interested in EMSAPI can get information on the Eudora website.
  • Interpretive Stylized Text: The ability to read stylized text as created by Eudora Pro 3.0 software and other email applications following the MIME specification for Rich Text Formatting.
  • MAPI: The Windows version supports Microsoft's Messaging Application Programming Interface, which allows users to send messages from within MAPI-compliant applications without switching to a different messaging program

While Eudora Light 3.0.1 software offers significant productivity enhancements over previous versions of the popular freeware, Eudora Pro 3.0 software will continue to provide the much higher level of functionality needed for users who process high volumes of email on a regular basis. Some of the key Eudora Pro 3.0 software features that are not included in Eudora Light 3.0.1 freeware are the user configurable toolbar; multiple email accounts; enhanced filters, including auto-reply and forwarding; spell checking; composition of stylized text; expanded address book capabilities and creation of stationery templates.

Introduced in 1988, Eudora software was among the first applications to enable user-friendly Internet email management via a graphical interface. Products in the Eudora software family have been either licensed for distribution or purchased for use by a large number of key industry players. OEM and bundling agreements include industry leaders such as Microsoft, IBM, NETCOM and 3Com. Eudora Pro software has been licensed to a wide range of corporations including MCI, Cisco, GTE, Lockheed Martin and Schlumberger, and many of the world's leading universities, including MIT, Stanford, The University of California, Brown and Cornell, use Eudora Internet email software.

Qualcomm's award-winning Eudora Pro and Eudora Light software are Internet-based email packages that deliver exceptional levels of functionality, ease-of-use and flexibility. Available for the Microsoft™ Windows, Macintosh and Newton™ platforms, the Eudora family of software products delivers best-of-breed Internet email capabilities. The Eudora division recently announced its intent to develop comprehensive client/server solutions for electronic messaging in the corporate environment. For more information regarding the Eudora family of products, visit the division's World Wide Web site at http://www.eudora.com.

Headquartered in San Diego, Qualcomm develops, manufactures, markets, licenses and operates advanced communications systems and products based on its proprietary digital wireless technologies. The Company's primary product areas are the OmniTRACS® system (a geostationary satellite-based, mobile communications system providing two-way data and position reporting services), CDMA wireless communications systems and products and, in conjunction with others, the development of the Globalstar™ low-earth-orbit (LEO) satellite communications system. Other Company products include the Eudora Pro electronic mail software, ASIC products, and communications equipment and systems for government and commercial customers worldwide. For more information on Qualcomm products and technologies, please visit the Company's web site at http://www.qualcomm.com.

Catering to hands-on computer enthusiasts and heavy Web users, SHAREWARE.COM offers a searchable index of more than 200,000 freeware and shareware titles. DOWNLOAD.COM takes the best of these titles to deliver the Internet's most popular free to download software--including games, screen savers, Web browsers, utilities, plug-ins and more--in an intuitive, cataloged format which makes finding and downloading software easier than ever before.

Except for the historical information contained herein, this news release contains forward-looking statements that are subject to risks and uncertainties, including timely product development and commercial implementation of the Company's CDMA technology, continued growth in the CDMA subscriber population and the scale up and operations of CDMA systems, timing and receipt of license fees and royalties, the Company's ability to successfully manufacture significant quantities of CDMA or other equipment on a timely and profitable basis and those related to performance guarantees, change in economic conditions of the various markets the Company serves, as well as the other risks detailed from time to time in the Company's SEC reports, including the report on Form 10-K for the year ended September 29, 1996 and most recent Form 10-Qs.

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