Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ:QCOM), a leader in wireless communications and advanced electronic messaging solutions for the Internet, today launched its Eudora® Email Challenge with the award of an unlimited site license for Eudora Pro™ 3.0 software for the Macintosh® and Windows® platforms and technical support for the entire Union City, New Jersey school district. The award marks the beginning of an annual contest, which recognizes K-12 educators' efforts to use the power of Internet email to enhance the curriculum and improve communications between students, teachers, administrators, parents and community on a district-wide basis.
"We've created the Eudora Email Challenge to help K-12 schools get a jump start on using Internet technology," stated Craig Brenner, director of Worldwide Marketing, Qualcomm's Eudora division. "We believe it is the business community's responsibility to help make technology available to students in all our schools, preparing these future leaders with the information age skills they'll need to succeed in the American workplace."
The 1997 Eudora Email Challenge will award an unlimited site license for Eudora Pro software for the Macintosh and Windows platforms and technical support to the school district that enters the best plan for using electronic messaging solutions to enhance curriculum-related activities. The 1997 contest is being administered and judged in cooperation with Global SchoolNet, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping schools around the globe use the Internet and World Wide Web to enhance K-12 education. Administrators and teachers can request contest rules via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail requests to Eudora Email Challenge, 2323 S. Bascom, Campbell, CA 95008. Entries must be postmarked by March 15, 1997 and the winners will be notified by April 30, 1997.
Brenner noted that the initial award was presented to the Union City School District because of its unique community outreach program, which utilizes the Internet's power to connect more than 10,000 students, administrators and teachers in 11 schools with public libraries, daycare centers, the housing authority and students' and teachers' homes.
In 1989, the predominantly Hispanic, inner city, low income school district had extremely low test scores coupled with high absenteeism and drop out rates, prompting New Jersey to name it a special needs district. Since then the Union City School District has made educational history through its use of technology, outperforming other big city districts in the state by an average of nearly 30 percentage points.
"Union City schools demonstrate what educators can accomplish with creative deployment of technology," Brenner stated. "We are delighted to award them our Eudora Pro software and help them take the next step in providing powerful email capabilities to the entire school district."
Initial installation of Eudora Pro 3.0 includes 3,000 Macintoshes and 225 PCs; additional computers will be covered under the site license as the district acquires them. The award was facilitated by the Center for Children and Technology, a New York division of the Massachusetts-based Education Development Center.
"Qualcomm's gift of an unlimited site license for Eudora Pro provides us the opportunity to use a product that is considered to be the premier Internet email solution," stated Gary Ramella, Supervisor of Computer Operations of Union City Schools. "We are very excited that they have recognized our education efforts in the schools and community and are joining with us in our online venture to pave new paths along the information superhighway."
A Winter 1996 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 on the Internet use Eudora software for communication. MIT, Stanford, The University of California, Brown and Cornell are among the leading universities now using Eudora software.
Introduced in 1988, Eudora software is the world's most popular Internet email software with an estimated 18 million users worldwide. 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. Eudora Pro 3.0 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, Internet hot link (URL) capabilities and an Extended Messaging Services API that allows plug-in applications such as human language translation, data compression, image format conversion, content analysis and data security services. Eudora Light 3.0.1 software sets new standards for Internet email freeware with a wide range of enhanced 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/.
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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