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NEW SUITE PROVIDES DUAL SUPPORT FOR ICA PROTOCOL/MICROSOFT RDP.

Boundless Technologies, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Boundless Corporation (NASDAQ: BDLS) has unveiled the latest innovation to its line of flexible Windows(R)-based terminals that supports both the Citrix (NASDAQ:CTXS) Independent Computing Architecture (ICA)(R) protocol and Microsoft Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP)--the "Viewpoint(R) TC Windows-based Terminal Software Suite."

Powered by Microsoft Windows CE, the new additions to the Windows-based terminal software suite connect to Microsoft Windows NT Server 4.0, Terminal Server Edition, Citrix MetaFrame(R) or WinFrame(R), UNIX and legacy systems, enabling the unit to run multiple ICA and RDP sessions simultaneously. In addition to ICA and RDP support, the new software suite also includes a number of local text terminal emulations, including 3270, 5250, VT 100, 220 and 320, 3151 and SCO Console. Key to this offering is the ability to "hot-key" at the client level between Windows sessions and legacy text terminal applications.

"Today's announcement reflects not only new capabilities to the Viewpoint TC line, but a new product naming strategy that more accurately reflects the "one platform, many computing options" principle upon which Boundless has built its thin-client line," said Mike Stebel, vice president of global marketing at Boundless and host of an educational track session at Thinergy '98. "With the versatile Viewpoint platform, users can buy one base model and move to other computing environments if/when needed by virtue of simple software upgrades. Unlike other thin-client products available today, the hardware itself remains the same, protecting the end user's investment."

"Boundless' new Viewpoint TC Windows-based Terminal Software Suite delivers the full range of capabilities required by companies considering thin-client strategies, including support for our Independent Computing Architecture," said Janice Roberts, director of client business development for Citrix. "We are pleased Boundless is a premier sponsor of Thinergy '98--what we believe will become a trend-setting event for the emerging server-based computing industry."

"With the new Viewpoint TC Windows-based Terminal Software Suite, users can take advantage of the full breadth of thin-client/server computing options," said Kenneth East, Boundless' chief technology officer. "We designed the Viewpoint TC platform to be extremely versatile to support a number of thin-client operating systems. As a result of this strategy, end-users are not "locked" into one computing solution. Our latest innovation supporting both ICA and RDP ensures optimal Windows-based terminal performance and versatility, giving the freedom to choose the protocol that best suits the end-user's needs-- even running both at the same time--as well as providing the ability to utilize a wide range of popular emulations, for those who require access to UNIX and mainframe legacy systems."

Boundless' Viewpoint TC platform delivers a lower total cost of ownership by reducing administration requirements for end-user devices. As a customer convenience, Boundless will optionally bundle Microsoft Windows NT Workstation licensing with the purchase of each Windows-based terminal.

The new Viewpoint TC Windows-based Terminal Software Suite will begin field trials in September, with general availability soon thereafter. As with all versions of the Viewpoint TC, customers who have previously purchased Boundless thin clients and Windows-based terminals that are part of the Viewpoint TC family can upgrade to the capabilities of the new software suite at their own pace. Owners of these devices should contact Boundless or its resellers for upgrade information.

About Boundless Technologies, Inc.

Boundless Technologies is a world leader in the design, manufacture and marketing of terminals, thin clients and Windows-based terminals for the Windows environment and the Internet/Intranet, legacy and UNIX applications markets. The company's thin clients provide PC-like capabilities where applications reside on a server and are accessed by users on demand. Without the need for large disk and memory capacities, all models offer significant administrative and total cost-of-ownership advantages over networked PCs. The company's products are distributed worldwide through a network of select distributors, value-added resellers and such well-known OEM partners as IBM, AT&T, NCR, Lucent Technologies, Digital Equipment Corp., Tandem and Olivetti. For more information, visit the Boundless web site at http://www.boundless.com or call 1-800-231-5445.
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