Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ:QCOM), a leader in wireless communications and advanced electronic messaging solutions for the Internet, announced today at Internet World its intention to deliver communications server products to compliment its award-winning Eudora® electronic mail software. Qualcomm's server products will incorporate the same flexibility, robustness, ease-of-use and performance that made Eudora software the world's single most popular e-mail product line for the Internet.
Qualcomm expects to release its server products for the Windows NT® , Windows 95® and UNIX platforms during the second half of 1996. The server products will maintain Qualcomm's commitment to industry standard protocols such as SMTP and POP3. In addition, the company is also currently investigating the adoption of other industry protocol standards such as IMAP and LDAP as they continue to evolve. The use of industry standards will allow Qualcomm to provide a premium client/server messaging system for any size organization. "Building a server solution is the next logical evolution of our existing Eudora messaging software product line," said Craig Brenner, group manager of worldwide marketing for the Qualcomm Enterprise Software Technologies Group. "We're taking a best-of-breed approach and are committed to adhering to Internet standards, ease of integration, cross-platform compatibility and affordability — the same attributes that made Eudora software number one in the TCP/IP/Internet client messaging market."
The Eudora server products will be ideally suited for small to medium-sized businesses which have been unable to easily and inexpensively add TCP/IP messaging to their existing LAN for intranet or Internet communications. In addition, the server products will not require full-scale replacement of server hardware or the addition of expensive and complex gateways to the Internet. The Eudora communications server strategy will also incorporate advanced directory services capabilities. The Eudora server's directory services will allow for powerful mail list management, directory queries and the addition of new users to the mail system. The products' directory services will support the CSO protocol (also known as Ph) to ensure compatibility with industry and client requirements. Other directory service protocols such as LDAP are also being considered for future additions to the directory service offerings. These features allow the Eudora server to scale from the smallest organization to departmental communications in large companies.
"Efficient and inexpensive client/server mail connectivity has been almost nonexistent for organizations with less than 100 people, especially when Internet connectivity comes into play," said Brenner. "Now, our combined solution will allow organizations to quickly and easily configure a powerful Internet/intranet e-mail system without the need for expensive gateways or time-consuming setup and maintenance. This new technology will address the needs of the system administrator whether in a five person start-up, or a large organization who is faced with the challenge of balancing the cost of implementing e-mail with the need for a feature-rich solution."
Qualcomm"s award-winning Eudora Pro and Eudora Light software are Internet-based e-mail packages that deliver exceptional levels of functionality, ease-of-use and flexibility. Originally introduced in 1988, Eudora is the world's most popular Internet e-mail software with an estimated 10 million users worldwide. Available for the Microsoft® Windows®, Macintosh and Newton® platforms, the Eudora family of software products delivers best-of-breed Internet e-mail capabilities. Eudora Pro software offers a wide range of features including, built-in spell checking, user-definable message filtering, native 32-bit support for the Microsoft® Windows 95® and Windows NT® operating systems, support for long file names, MAPI support, color-coded message labeling and "hot link" web page capabilities allowing users to navigate the World Wide Web. For more information regarding the Eudora family of products, visit Qualcomm on the World Wide Web at http://www.qualcomm.com/quest/.
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, VLSI components, and communications equipment and systems for government and commercial customers worldwide. 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, change in economic conditions of the various markets the Company serves, as well as the other risksdetailed from time to time in the Company's SEC reports, including the report on Form 10-K for the year ended September 24, 1995 and most recent Form 10-Qs.