Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ:QCOM), a leader in wireless communications and advanced electronic messaging solutions for the Internet, today announced an Extended Messaging Services Application Programming Interface (EMSAPI) for the development of plug-in modules for the Company's forthcoming Eudora Pro 3.0 electronic mail products.
The new EMSAPI is designed to support a variety of applications including human language translation, compression, image format conversion, content analysis, and data security services. This will allow third-party software vendors to leverage Eudora Pro software's large installed base as it upgrades to version 3.0 later this year. A software developer's toolkit (SDK) to assist in building modules that integrate with Eudora Pro software via the EMSAPI will be made available by Qualcomm to interested third-party developers at no cost.
Currently, the Eudora software family is the most popular e-mail package for electronic messaging on the Internet and other TCP/IP networks with millions of users worldwide. This new API provides independent developers with a unique opportunity to increase their own user base via the development of plug-in messaging services or modules for Eudora Pro. Applications that will initially support Eudora Pro's Extended Messaging Services API which include natural human language translation from GlobaLink; data security software providing encryption, digital signatures, and automated key management from Entrust of Northern Telecom Ltd.; fully-animated multimedia E-mail products from Greet Street; offline search, retrieval, and group collaboration tools from ForeFront; and Pretty Good Privacy (PGP) data security software from Viacrypt.
"Qualcomm is highly-regarded as the leading developer of Internet e-mail software and we recognize that there are numerous technologies in existence that potentially add significant value for users of our applications," said Tracy Crowe, senior product marketing manager for Qualcomm. "Fulfilling the promise of multimedia e-mail requires the active participation of third party developers. Their products can help people create and render information in different media. Our EMSAPI will permit a wide variety of third parties to leverage our installed base by allowing innovative extensions to the world's best Internet mail package."
Developers interested in adapting or creating plug-in messaging services for Eudora Pro software can obtain the EMSAPI SDK directly from Qualcomm by sending an electronic mail request to firstname.lastname@example.org. The SDK is currently in beta testing for Eudora Pro 3.0 beta software for Macintosh.
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 risks detailed 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.