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QUARTERDECK SHIPS DESQVIEW/X, BRINGS WORKSTATION POWER TO DOS

 QUARTERDECK SHIPS DESQVIEW/X, BRINGS WORKSTATION POWER TO DOS
 Includes X Window System Graphics, Adobe Type Manager,
 Remote Computing of DOS and Microsoft Windows via Novell
 and NetBIOS Networks, TCP/IP Option
 WASHINGTON, March 31 /PRNewswire/ -- Quarterdeck Office Systems Inc. (NASDAQ: QDEK) announced today at the Federal Office Systems Expo (FOSE) that DESQview/X is shipping. DESQview/X brings powerful workstation capabilities to standalone and networked 386 SX and higher DOS personal computers. DESQview/X, the third DESQview product in Quarterdeck's suite of multitaskers, is a graphical, multitasking and windowing DOS environment. It features a graphical desktop, scalable fonts, keystroke macros and customizable menus, data transfer and remote computing. A key feature of DESQview/X is its ability to run both DOS text and Microsoft Windows graphics programs in small windows or remotely on other DESQview/X PCs or X workstations.
 DESQview/X is the first full DOS client/server implementation of the X-Window System, an international standard for graphical windowing and distributed computing. Adding to DESQview's ability to multitask DOS and Microsoft Windows programs, DESQview/X incorporates X Window System graphics and network protocols, plus Rational Systems' 16- and 32-bit shared DOS extender technology to achieve workstation capabilities and performance.
 "We are taking our DESQview foundation and adding accepted standards for type, graphics and distributed computing," said Therese E. Myers, president and co-founder of Quarterdeck. "This creates an open door for DOS users and gives them the ability to take advantage of the advances in X-related workstation trends regardless of platform. This is a significant step toward bringing DOS into enterprise computing."
 DESQview/X provides benefits for both standalone and networked PC users such as: data transfer to cut and paste between applications running in different windows regardless of whether they are running locally or remotely, a graphical interface with three-dimensional look and feel, menus and icons that are easily customizable and sophisticated file and print management systems.
 Included with DESQview/X are four companion programs:
 -- DESQview/X Application Manager, a graphical desktop and program organizer;
 -- DESQview/X File Manager, a file manager for either local DOS or remote DOS and non-DOS files;
 -- DESQview/X Icon Editor, a graphics tool for creating and editing pixmap and bitmap icons; and,
 -- Adobe Type Manager (ATM) for DESQview/X, an outline font manager with 13 Type 1 fonts for DESQview/X and X Window System graphics programs. ATM for DESQview/X also provides scalable DOS windows for DOS text programs.
 "We started our DESQview/X development with a belief in the importance of networking and graphics," said Gary Pope, executive vice president, development and Quarterdeck co-founder. "We also wanted our DOS users to be able to access computing power, memory or applications residing on more powerful computers on a network."
 According to Pope, until now DOS lacked an integrated windowing system designed for graphic communication. By bringing the X-Window System to DOS, users gain network access to the universe of X software running on UNIX, VAX workstations or mainframes.
 Bundled with DESQview/X are Quarterdeck's best-selling memory manager QEMM-386, and Manifest, a system and memory reporting tool. Options for DESQview/X, available separately, include the DESQview/X Network Manager for TCP/IP; and DESQview/X OPEN LOOK Window Manager and the DESQview/X OSF/Motif Window Manager, both used for customizing the on-screen interface to match the look of other workstations, from Sun, Hewlett-Packard, DEC, IBM and others.
 DESQview/X (with the four companions, QEMM-386, Manifest and the DESQview/X Network Manager for Novell Netware and NetBIOS networks) has a suggested retail price of $275. The suggested retail price for the optional DESQview/X Network Manager for TCP/IP is $200; DESQview/X OSF/Motif Window Manager is $250; and DESQview/X OPEN LOOK Window Manager is $200. For registered Quarterdeck users, there is a special introductory offer of DESQview/X for $100.
 System requirements for DESQview/X are: an IBM/compatible 386SX PC or higher; PC or MS DOS 3 and above or DR DOS 6; 4 megabytes or more of RAM; EGA, VGA, Super VGA 8514/A or 256-color DGIS graphics adapter, and a 40 megabyte hard drive. Support for a mouse or equivalent pointing device compatible with Microsoft mouse driver is included: DESQview/X- 286 for IBM/compatible 286 computers is under development.
 Quarterdeck is a technology leader in the development of software products that enhance the performance of DOS-based personal computer hardware and software. The company develops, markets and supports multitasking, windowing and memory management software designed to bring cost-effective computing solutions to business and professional PC users.
 Quarterdeck Office Systems Inc. is located at 150 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90405. The company can be reached at 310-392-9851.
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