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APPLE, BORLAND, LOTUS, NOVELL TO JOINTLY DEVELOP, SUPPORT VENDOR-INDEPENDENT MESSAGING (VIM) INTERFACE

 APPLE, BORLAND, LOTUS, NOVELL TO JOINTLY DEVELOP, SUPPORT
 VENDOR-INDEPENDENT MESSAGING (VIM) INTERFACE
 First Release of Specification Available March 1992
 REDWOOD CITY, Calif., Feb. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Apple Computer Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL), Borland International Inc., Lotus Development Corp. and Novell Inc. today announced that the four companies have signed a memorandum of understanding to jointly develop and support the Vendor- Independent Messaging (VIM) Interface specification. The four companies have formed a steering group and will serve as the trustees of the VIM Interface standard.
 The VIM Interface specification provides a non-proprietary, industry standard programming interface to help software developers and corporate developers write messaging- and mail-enabled applications. The VIM Interface alleviates the confusion created by disparate programming interfaces on multiple computer platforms and messaging systems.
 "We were happy to form the VIM Interface group to work together as equals to develop the best possible technical design representing a broad set of needs and interests. Our efforts have resulted in the Vendor-Independent Messaging Interface specification. Lotus' earlier proposal, known as OMI and designed with the participation of Apple and IBM, has served as a catalyst for the formation of this new joint effort," said Gursharan Sidhu, Apple's technical director and chairman of the VIM Interface steering group. "The trusteeship of the VIM Interface by respected leaders of the industry assures software developers of a vendor-independent programming interface available on multiple system platforms and in various system vendor products. As a group, we want to move the industry forward by facilitating the use of messaging services in applications." Apple, Borland, Lotus, Novell and IBM Announce Support
 Apple will support the VIM Interface in future versions of System 7. Borland will take advantage of the VIM Interface 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 Notes products. Novell will support the VIM Interface in future versions of its NetWare MHS (Message Handling Service) products. IBM will support the VIM Interface in its office product strategy.
 "The VIM Interface is an important part of Apple's strategy for our Open Collaboration Environment (OCE)," explained Roger Heinen, Apple's vice president and general manager of the Macintosh Software Architecture division. "Built upon System 7, OCE is an underlying foundation to create new collaborative Macintosh computer applications. Support of the VIM Interface standard in OCE demonstrates Apple's commitment to promoting multi-platform development."
 "The VIM Interface will help us to deliver messaging capabilities that will take advantage of a wide variety of transports," said Richard Schwartz, Borland's senior vice president and chief technical officer. "By using the VIM Interface, we can concentrate on developing great applications that will provide broad connectivity without having to write to multiple proprietary programming interfaces."
 "Customers are telling us that workgroup solutions on multiple platforms are critical to their businesses," said Terry Rogers, vice president and general manager of Lotus' Communications Products Division. "We are pleased to be working with the other steering group members to expand the availability of mail-enabled applications."
 Kanwal Rekhi, executive vice president of Novell's Interoperability Systems Group, said, "Novell is pleased to have contributed to the specification's development and will support it so developers have the freedom to choose how they build their products. Novell remains committed to the more than 700 SMF (Standard Message Format) developers; the VIM Interface will provide a procedural programming interface alternative to the SMF file format interface incorporated in the NetWare MHS messaging engine."
 "Providing support for the VIM Interface in our office product strategy emphasizes our commitment to open systems and enhances our support for customers in mixed vendor environments," said Earl Wheeler, IBM senior vice president and general manager, Programming Systems. VIM Interface Specification Details
 This announcement by Apple, Borland, Lotus and Novell supersedes all aspects of the previous OMI specification and the announcement by Lotus last September. The VIM Interface specification will be available to all interested parties in March 1992. Vendors will be able to develop software implementations based on the VIM Interface with no royalty fees. Further details regarding the specification and its technical support will be outlined by the VIM Interface steering group prior to its distribution.
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 NOTE: Apple, the Apple logo and Macintosh are registered trademarks of Apple Computer Inc. System 7 is a trademark of Apple Computer Inc. Novell and NetWare are registered trademarks of Novell Inc. NetWare MHS and NetWare SMF are trademarks of Novell Inc.
 /CONTACT: Brooke Cohan of Apple Computer Inc., 408-974-3019; Sandra Hawker of Borland International Inc., 408-439-1659; Richard Eckels of Lotus Development Corp., 617-577-8500; or Rene Siegel of Novell Inc., 408-473-8285/
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