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IBM STATES PLANS FOR MULTIMEDIA CONFERENCING APPLICATIONS; BT, LOTUS AND PACIFIC BELL TO SUPPORT EFFORTS; NEW CAPABILITIES TO BE SHOWN AT COMDEX

IBM STATES PLANS FOR MULTIMEDIA CONFERENCING APPLICATIONS; BT, LOTUS AND PACIFIC BELL TO SUPPORT EFFORTS; NEW CAPABILITIES TO BE SHOWN AT COMDEX
 WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., Nov. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- IBM Corporation (NYSE: IBM) today announced plans to add major new capabilities to Person to Person/2 which allows people at their desks to participate in multimedia conferences with others across the hall or around the world.
 A demonstration of the product next week at Comdex will highlight some of the planned capabilities as part of a 5,500-square-foot showcase of IBM Ultimedia(Note A) solutions.
 Person to Person/2 makes it possible for people who can't be in the same place at the same time nevertheless to work together.
 From a personal computer screen, they can view documents, images and graphics, work with and annotate them, as well as send messages -- all at the same time.
 Their ability to collaborate on work in this way can be further enhanced with optional video equipment that allows them to see one another in a video window.
 "We see collaborative computing as the highest potential multimedia application in business today," said Michael A. Braun, assistant general manager, IBM Multimedia. "IBM's Person to Person offerings will span the multiple platforms needed to make the dream a reality for our customers."
 As part of its plans, IBM said it will develop a Person to Person/2 application programming interface (API) that makes it easy for programmers to design applications that work with Person to Person/2. (Editors: see note below.)
 Three companies announced their intent to work with IBM to make desktop multimedia communications more widely available. They are: BT, Lotus and Pacific Bell.
 "Multimedia promises dramatic changes in the way large and small businesses, schools and government agencies do their everyday work," said Phyllis Byrne, director of the Hursley Laboratory, IBM Networking Systems.
 "Customers are asking for multimedia solutions that can work with the many different brands of computers that are part of today's networks. Person to Person/2 and its future directions, outlined today, will meet their needs," she said.
 Regarding these directions, IBM said future versions of Person to Person/2 will allow people using different kinds of computers to collaborate in a desktop conference at the same time. Person to Person/2 Version 1 works on personal computers running OS/2(A). Future versions will also work with computers that run AIX(A), Microsoft Windows(Note B), and Apple System 7(B) as well.
 At Comdex, IBM will demonstrate how people who have Personal System/2 and RISC System/6000(A) computers can collaborate on a project using Person to Person/2.
 When a design flaw creates a problem on an assembly line, for example, the company's production manager in Michigan can quickly confer with the engineer in Ohio. Together they can examine design charts, drawings, and images, and pinpoint the source of the problem without leaving their offices. With Person to Person/2, neither has to travel to find a fast, cost-effective solution.
 Using the IBM Person to Person/2 File Transfer feature, users can send and receive files so all participants in a teleconference can have their own copy.
 Chalkboards let users "mirror" the images of other application windows. They can then annotate them with simple drawing tools or text. A tablet or touch screen makes the editing very simple.
 With a special Remote Pointer, one person can call out details anywhere on the chalkboard for other participants.
 IBM also said future versions of Person to Person/2 will support standards for multimedia conferencing developed by the International Consultative Committee on Telegraph and Telephone (CCITT), including H.320.
 People can use Person to Person/2 with IBM ActionMedia(B) II to run on Token-Ring or Ethernet LANs and ISDN networks.
 IBM said that Person to Person/2 will be able to take full advantage of the ISDN capabilities that the company intends to provide in supportive products in the first half of 1993. Until then, early versions of these capabilities will be available to a limited number of customers.
 Person to Person/2 will be available on Feb. 26, 1993, and will be priced as low as $1,875 for a special license for ten users.
 (A) -- Indicates trademark or registered trademark of International Business Machines Corporation.
 (B) -- Indicates trademark or registered trademark as follows: System 7 of Apple Computer Company; ActionMedia of Intel Corporation; and Windows of Microsoft Corporation.
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 /NOTE TO EDITORS: A description of the API is available on request/
 /CONTACT: Clifton Scott of IBM, 914-642-5457/
 (IBM) CO: International Business Machines Corporation; BT; Lotus;
 Pacific Bell ST: New York IN: CPR SU: PDT


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