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HEWLETT PACKARD COMPANY INKS DEAL WITH APPLIX TO LICENSE AND DISTRIBUTE OPENMAIL

 WESTBORO, Mass., March 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Applix, Inc. and Hewlett Packard Company (HP) today announced a distribution agreement naming Applix as a worldwide reseller of OpenMail, HP's open system electronic mail software product. Applix, which is scheduled to begin reselling OpenMail Q2, '93, is seamlessly integrating the OpenMail product with Aster-x Mail, and Aster-x, an adaptive suite of applications and tools for UNIX workstations in client/server environments.
 Aster-x OpenMail will be released first on the HP 9000 Series 300 and 800 computers; followed by the HP Apollo 9000 Series 400 and 700 platform and other popular UNIX hardware platforms, such as Sun and SPARC-based workstations and Digital workstations running on Alpha or OSF/1.
 HP selected Applix to resell OpenMail because it views Applix's suite of adaptive applications and tools as one of the leading applications for assisting enterprises to access, share, and present data across client/server networks. Integrating Aster-x's full-featured mail client with OpenMail further solidifies OpenMail's position as the market leader of enterprise-wide electronic mail systems. HP's decision to partner OpenMail with Aster-x was market-driven and influenced by Applix's strong, worldwide distribution channel.


High Performance, Reliable Client/Server Messaging
 OpenMail, part of Hewlett-Packard's cooperative computing message solution, was specifically designed for client/server environments which typically utilize UNIX servers and multiple client types. Designed as an open, modular system, OpenMail is scalable for both small and large organizations, and can be easily managed across widely dispersed networks.
 A true x.400 based mailing solution, OpenMail implements the x.400 standard for message addressing and message features. Additionally, Open Mail conforms to a transaction-oriented protocol, providing communication between clients and server components. This ensures reliable transport so that should any component fail, the system is in a position to detect the failure and recover completely.
 "While users today are demanding full-featured, easy-to-use, graphical applications on their desktop, it is the responsibility of MIS to connect all of these applications to a mail system which is reliable, fast, secure, and easy-to-manage. Aster-x and OpenMail meet both the end user and MIS requirements," said Carol Mills, general manager, Cooperative Computing Systems Division for Hewlett Packard. "Plus, with x.400 compliancy, both users and developers can communicate across server platforms worldwide."
 "The most critical component of rightsizing a client/server environment is to implement a reliable, fast, and easy-to-use method of communication between different platforms, operating systems and networks," said Jit Saxena, president of Applix. "With Aster-x and OpenMail, customers will reap the benefits of a complete suite of enterprise-aware, mail enabled applications and tools, while increasing productivity and operation efficiencies."


Aster-x Designed to Adapt to Mail-Enabled, Client/Server Environments
 Aster-x offers a complete suite of adaptive applications on the client side as well as a powerful scripting language to access data that resides on the server-side such as database information. The Aster-x components-Aster-x office, share, and Build & Integrate may be custom- tailored to suit any desktop, workgroup, or enterprise. Additionally, the Aster-x architecture can adapt to seamlessly integrate or live link with other applications or data that reside on a client/server network.
 Applix, Inc., based in Westboro, Mass., is the leading developer and worldwide supplier of applications and tools for client/server enterprise computing. Its premier product Aster-x allows users to access, share, and present information across networks of workstations, PCs and Macintoshes.
 Available for HP(R) 9000 Series, Sun SPARCstations(tm) supporting Solaris UNIX, Digital RISC ULTRIX supporting Alpha and OSF/1, IBM RS/6000, Silicon Graphics IRIS (R) Series, 88Open Certified systems, SCO UNIX, UNIXWARE, and most other UNIX workstations and X-terminals, Aster-x is sold through a direct U.S. salesforce, wholly-owned subsidiaries in the United Kingdom and France, and through domestic and international resellers and distributors. With tens of thousands of users worldwide, Aster-x is considered the de facto standard office application by many Fortune 1000 companies, government agencies, universities, and international organizations.
 Hewlett-Packard is an international manufacturer of measurement and computation products and systems recognized for excellence in quality and support. The company's products and services are used in industry, business, engineering, science, medicine, and education in approximately 100 countries. HP has 92,600 employees and had revenue of $16.4 billion in its 1992 fiscal year.
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 NOTE TO EDITORS: Applix is a registered trademark of Applix, Inc. Aster-x is a trademark of Applix, Inc. All other product names and company names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies.
 The dash in the product name Aster-x represents an asterisk
 /CONTACT: Amy Weinstein of Applix, 508-870-0300; Mary Campbell of Rourke and Company, 617-267-0042; Rebecca Landry of Hewlett-Packard, 408-447-5333/


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