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VENDOR-INDEPENDENT MESSAGING INTERFACE SPECIFICATION AVAILABLE TO DEVELOPERS

 VENDOR-INDEPENDENT MESSAGING INTERFACE SPECIFICATION
 AVAILABLE TO DEVELOPERS
 CUPERTINO, Calif., June 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Apple Computer Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL), Borland International Inc. (NASDAQ: BORL), Lotus Development Corp. (NASDAQ: LOTS) and Novell Inc. (NASDAQ: NOVL), trustees of the Vendor-Independent Messaging (VIM) Interface specification, today announced general availability of Version 1.0 of the VIM Interface specification. This specification is the first release of the non-proprietary, industry-standard programming interface designed to enable software developers to create messaging- and mail-enabled applications for multiple computer systems and messaging platforms. The four trustee companies announced on Feb. 4, 1992, their intent to jointly develop and support the VIM Interface standard.
 Each of the trustees of the VIM Interface standard is making the specification available at no charge. Commercial or in-house software developers may obtain the VIM Interface specification by calling a trustee company, at one of the following numbers:
 Apple Computer Inc. 408-974-2375
 Borland International Inc. 408-431-5260
 Lotus Development Corp. 617-693-5919
 Novell Inc. 408-473-8989
 Each of the trustee companies provides technical support for its developers implementing the VIM Interface specification. Instructions for technical support accompany the specification.
 The VIM Interface is designed to alleviate the confusion created by disparate programming interfaces on multiple computer platforms and messaging systems. Historically, for an application to be message- or mail-enabled, the developer has had to write a different software module to interface to each computer system and messaging platform that the application will run on. The sheer number of systems that the application would have to accommodate has prevented most developers from incorporating messaging and mail capabilities into applications. With the VIM Interface available on multiple platforms, developers will have a standard interface to access many different messaging and mail systems. Because messaging and mail enabling will be easier, the VIM Interface trustees expect that commercial and in-house developers will be eager to incorporate these capabilities into their applications, creating a new level of interpersonal and interprogram communications for computer users.
 Apple, Borland, Lotus, Novell and IBM have all announced their intentions to support the VIM Interface standard in future products. Apple will support the standard in future versions of System 7. Borland will take advantage of the VIM Interface in its Object Exchange (OBEX) technology to let its customers access a variety of mail and messaging environments. Lotus will support the VIM Interface in future versions of its cc:Mail and Lotus Notes products. Novell will support the VIM Interface in future versions of its NetWare Global Messaging and NetWare MHS (Message Handling Service) products. IBM will support the VIM Interface in its Office product strategy.
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 NOTE: Apple, the Apple logo and Macintosh are registered trademarks and System 7 is a trademark of Apple Computer Inc. Lotus Notes is a registered trademark of Lotus Development Corp. cc:Mail is a trademark of cc:Mail Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Lotus Development Corp. Novell and NetWare are registered trademarks and NetWare Global Messaging and MHS are trademarks of Novell Inc.
 /CONTACT: Nancy Morrison of Apple Computer, 408-862-6200; Martha Isham of Borland International, 408-439-5177; Richard Eckel of Lotus Development, 617-693-1284; or Kim Given of Novell, 408-473-8959/
 (AAPL BORL LOTS NOVL) CO: Apple Computer; Borland International; Lotus Development; Novell ST: California IN: CPR SU: PDT


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