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ATTACHMATE ZIP!OFFICE WINS CERTIFICATION FOR IBM MAIL EXCHANGE

 BELLEVUE, Wash., April 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Attachmate Corp. announced today that its ZIP!Office(TM) e-mail and scheduling system has been certified for use with IBM(R) Mail Exchange, a service of Advantis.
 ZIP!Office completed all 33 tests conducted by Advantis for certification to interconnect with IBM Mail Exchange, using protocols normally associated with host-to-host communication. The ZIP!Office LAN server appears as another mainframe running OfficeVision(R) to Advantis users. Advantis is a partnership formed by IBM (NYSE: IBM) and Sears Roebuck & Co. (NYSE: S)
 "ZIP!Office greatly simplifies setup and administration when connecting to the IBM Mail Exchange because it uses native protocols. There are no gateways or protocol conversions because there is nothing to convert," said Gregory Sokoloff, general manager of Attachmate's office systems division.
 IBM Mail Exchange allows different organizations to exchange information beyond their normal boundaries. A service of Advantis and its IBM affiliates worldwide, IBM Mail Exchange is often used by large corporate customers to link their own e-mail systems with those of their customers and business associates.
 As an IBM mainframe-based service, IBM Mail Exchange provides a highly efficient, simplified interface to corporate systems that also use IBM host-based products such as OfficeVision. Since the ZIP!Office server supports exactly the same protocols as the host systems, it can use this native interface.
 "Certification for ZIP!Office went very smoothly," said Nick Dixon, Advantis worldwide product manager for IBM Mail Exchange. "We simply configured our system to connect to another OfficeVision node, and it ran immediately."
 Announced in January, ZIP!Office is the only LAN-based client/server system to provide full integration with IBM's host-based office systems. In addition to e-mail interconnection, ZIP!Office offers full calendar integration with IBM PROFS(R) and OfficeVision/VM, allowing users of either system to schedule meetings and book appointments as if they were all on the same system. The product is available for immediate shipment.
 Attachmate is the industry's leading supplier of desktop-to- mainframe connectivity products, achieving over $120 million in revenue for 1992. Its flagship product line, EXTRA!, provides 3,270 terminal emulation and advanced programming interfaces for client-host applications. The company is continuing to expand its line of connectivity solutions with products like ZIP!Office, all of which are designed to meet the needs of very large enterprises. Attachmate Corp., 3617 131st Ave. SE, Bellevue, WA 98006. Telephone: 206-644-4010.
 NOTE: Attachmate and ZIP!Office are registered trademarks, and ZIP!Office is a trademark of Attachmate Corp. IBM, OfficeVision and PROFS are registered trademarks of the International Business Machines (IBM) Corp.
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 /CONTACT: /Gregory Sokoloff, general manager of Office Systems, of Attachmate, 416-366-1380, or Rob Fuggetta of Regis McKenna, 415-354-4404, for Attachmate/
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