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IBM JOINS STEERING COMMITTEE OF VIM SPECIFICATION GROUP

 IBM JOINS STEERING COMMITTEE OF VIM SPECIFICATION GROUP
 WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., Sept. 14 /PRNewswire/ IBM (NYSE:IBM) today announced it has become a member of the Vendor-Independent Messaging's (VIM) steering and technical committees to jointly develop and support the specification along with Apple, Borland, Lotus and Novell who formed the VIM interface specification group in February 1992, and were joined by WordPerfect last month. IBM had announced support of the VIM interface for its office product strategy.
 The rapid growth of groupware computing, coupled with an increasing reliance by business on mail-enabled applications, makes it important for application developers to connect their software product to a broad range of messaging systems. The Vendor Independent Messaging (VIM) interface specification will play a unifying role for all types of applications and a wide variety of distinct messaging systems and services.
 "It is increasingly important to end users that they be able to share information with people anywhere and on any platform," said James A. Cannavino, IBM vice president and general manager, Personal Systems line of business. "The VIM specification provides application developers with the ability to develop mail-enabled applications which should help to provide independence from the messaging system and computing platform."
 IBM also believes that VIM will be a fundamental system service required for both LAN and distributed systems. Participation in this group should enable IBM to embrace this important technology in IBM's future distributed and LAN Systems offerings.
 The VIM interface specification provides a non-proprietary, standard programming interface to help software and corporate developers write messaging and mail-enabled applications. Ultimately, end users should be able to work together more effectively and be able to exchange information from within desktop applications in a workgroup environment regardless of vendor platform.
 "We heartily welcome IBM as a trustee of the VIM Interface standard," said Gursharan Sidhu, Apple's technical director and chairman of the VIM Interface steering group. "IBM has always been supportive of this effort to create an industry-standard, non-proprietary programming interface that enables software developers to create messaging- and mail-enabled applications for multiple computer systems and messaging platforms. IBM's formal participation greatly broadens the industry representation and provides important leadership for the effort."
 The VIM specification includes facilities for creating, addressing, sending, receiving and storing electronic mail messages. Through this interface, application programmers view the sending, receiving, addressing and managing of electronic mail as a system service, much like printing. Unlike other system services, however, these capabilities are available in a common fashion on many different computer and network operating systems.
 Vendors can expect this service to be available to their customers with most of the popular electronic mail products. Through VIM, software providers should find the addition of mail enablement to their applications both practical and cost-effective. End users will find that the applications they like will now work together with an electronic mail package that best suits their needs.
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