SAN DIEGO - August 12, 1996 - Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ:QCOM), a leading developer of advanced digital communications and Internet and intranet electronic messaging solutions, and Software.com, Inc., the leading provider of Internet/intranet standards-based messaging servers, today announced an extensive partnership and technology licensing agreement to deliver comprehensive client/server solutions for electronic messaging via the Internet and intranets. This agreement will provide users with the highest-possible level of electronic messaging and performance available today as customers migrate from proprietary mail systems to Internet standards-based messaging.
Under the terms of the agreement, Qualcomm's Eudora Division will license Software.com's Post.Office® server technology for use in their Eudora messaging product line. In addition, the companies will share product development and marketing experience to provide the Internet and intranet messaging market with the most advanced client and server messaging technology available. The Eudora division recently announced intentions to enter the electronic messaging server market -- with products for Windows NT and multiple UNIX platforms. These server products will be based on Software.com's Post.Office server technology and will be highly integrated with the company's Eudora software, currently the world's most popular Internet email application with over 10 million users.
The first products resulting from the partnership with Software.com will be marketed by the Eudora Division of Qualcomm under the Eudora brand as part of its client/server software family and are expected to begin shipping during Q4, 1996. Specific product features, pricing and availability will be announced at a later date.
"The old model of proprietary email is beginning to show many significant weaknesses throughout the marketplace, such as LAN-based, proprietary gateways that frequently corrupt mail, prevent attachments from being transferred, and significantly slow email delivery. Most vendors attempting to capitalize on the intranet movement don't have the vast expertise Qualcomm and Software.com have," said Craig Brenner, Director of Worldwide Marketing, Eudora Division of Qualcomm. "This is a breakthrough agreement that leverages our two companies' combined wealth of experience developing Internet messaging software and communications infrastructure. No other vendor can promise the kind of robust Internet/intranet messaging and communications solutions that Qualcomm and Software.com will deliver."
"Software.com's commitment to developing commercial-grade Internet-based messaging products makes this agreement with Qualcomm's Eudora Division a strong industry match-up that will ultimately benefit organizations -- from workgroups to enterprises -- who are looking to make a successful transition from proprietary to Internet-based mail systems," said Valdur Koha, President and COO of Software.com. "This is the first time that such strong Internet messaging expertise has been combined. We expect that the result of this partnership will be market-leading products the likes of which no other vendor can deliver."
"This partnership between the two leading Internet email software vendors represents a big step forward for open standards messaging," according to Mark Levitt, Electronic Messaging Analyst at International Data Corporation. "Users will benefit from having a single source for a complete client/server Internet-style messaging solution that can meet the needs of organizations of any size."
With over 10 million users worldwide, Qualcomm's Eudora software is the industry's most popular Internet email solution. A study by International Data Corporation concluded that Qualcomm with its Eudora Pro software is the dominant leader in the worldwide Internet email software market, with 63.5 percent of installed mailboxes and 70.9 percent share of all new Internet mailboxes, as of December 1995. A survey of Internet users conducted by Matrix Information Directory Services (MIDS) of Austin, Texas, a leading authority on the Internet and its growth, concluded that over 60 percent of educational institutions and over 50 percent of organizations on the Internet use Eudora software for communication.
The popularity of Eudora software is due in part to Qualcomm's many key partnerships and corporate customers. Some of the key industry players that have either licensed for distribution or purchased Eudora software include Netscape, Microsoft, AT&T, Apple, MCI, Cisco, GTE, Lockheed Martin, and Schlumberger. Eudora software has been chosen for Internet/intranet messaging by many of the world's leading universities, including MIT, Stanford, The University of California, Brown and Cornell.
The popularity of Post.Office results from its wealth of features and is measured by the many partners that have licensed it as their core messaging server technology, including AT&T WorldNet, Netscape, NetManage, Banyan's Coordinate.com Internet Division, Frontier Technologies, and GE Information Services.
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. Originally introduced in 1988, Eudora is the world's most popular Internet email 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 email capabilities. Eudora Pro software offers a wide range of features including, built-in spell checking, stylized text, 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 Internet hot linking URL capabilities. For more information regarding the Eudora family of products, visit the division's World Wide Web site at http://www.eudora.com.
Qualcomm recently began shipping the latest version of Eudora Pro 3.0 for the Macintosh. The Windows version is expected to ship later this year.
Post.Office was designed from the ground up to provide a robust Internet messaging infrastructure that is scalable, reliable, secure and easy to administer. By utilizing Web browsers for unique remote management capabilities, Post.Office reduces and simplifies the administrative tasks associated with server-based messaging installations. Post.Office supports all Internet messaging standards natively, including SMTP, MIME, and POP3. Post.Office runs on Microsoft Windows NT and eight versions of UNIX. The product is in use at over 10,000 organizations worldwide, supporting millions of users.
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. For more information on Qualcomm and its technologies, please visit the company's web site at http://www.qualcomm.com/.
Software.com, Inc. is an Internet infrastructure software company whose mission is to provide high-performance, scalable messaging solutions to Internet/intranet customers. The company has three flagship products - Post.Office, Intermail and Universal StreetTalk - which provide server-based native Internet messaging solutions to customers ranging from small businesses to large organizations with millions of users. Software.com customers include AST Research, AT&T WorldNet(SM) Service, Bell Atlantic, BSDI, Frontier Technologies, GE Information Services, Netscape, Qualcomm, Stratus Computer, and Banyan's Coordinate.com Internet division. The company has locations in Santa Barbara, Calif., Lexington, Mass., Orlando, Fla., Phoenix, Ariz., San Jose, Calif., Atlanta, Ga., Denver, Co., Brussels, Belgium, and Windsor, UK. Software.com can be reached in the U.S. at 805-882-2470 or www.software.com.