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PICTURETEL ANNOUNCES COLLABORATION BETWEEN IBM PERSON TO PERSON AND PICTURETEL LIVE

 COMDEX, Las Vegas, Nov. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- PictureTel Corporation (NASDAQ: PCTL), the world leader in dial-up videoconferencing, today announced that IBM's (NYSE: IBM) Person to Person(TM) collaborative software is being integrated with its PictureTel LIVE(TM) desktop videoconferencing solution. The integration of the two technologies provides a full range of collaborative interactions such as screen sharing, white boarding, file transfer, chat, and a shared clipboard all of which are featured on PictureTel LIVE systems, the industry standard in desktop videoconferencing.
 This current OEM arrangement stems from an ongoing agreement between the two companies announced in October of 1991, which was focused on the development of interactive visual and collaborative products for the desktop. That relationship initially resulted in a market development pilot of the first desktop videoconferencing prototype, the PCS/1, which saw limited distribution to some 100 IBM and PictureTel customers. The user input from the PCS/1 market development project was instrumental in defining the requirements for the PictureTel LIVE desktop system announced by PictureTel in July.
 "The ongoing relationship between PictureTel and IBM has been largely responsible for the successful integration of two exciting technologies -- desktop videoconferencing and collaborative computing," said Robert F. Mitro, senior vice president and general manager, worldwide sales and service group for PictureTel. "Combining the brain and the brawn of these two industry leaders has brought a rich collaborative solution to the desktop where users can involve more people in their work, make better and quicker decisions, participate in training, and, in general, be more effective and productive in everything they do."
 PictureTel LIVE is a fully standards-based desktop videoconferencing system providing high quality, full motion interactive video and high fidelity audio with a full range of collaborative capabilities. Priced at only $5,995, PictureTel LIVE comes as a complete solution consisting of two ISA pc boards, camera and speaker modules, a camera stand, and all the necessary cabling and system documentation. PictureTel LIVE will begin shipping in the fourth quarter.
 Person to Person is a feature rich desktop collaborative system that helps users establish and manage multi-party conferences from their desktop, whatever the computer platform and however the workstation is connected to a communications network. Person to Person includes a number of utilities such as: Call Manager, Address Book Manager, Chalkboard, Clip, Shared Dynamic Data Exchange (DDE), Talk, File Transfer, and Stills Capture.
 Founded in 1984, PictureTel Corporation develops, manufactures and markets a full range of visual telecommunications solutions that are "Redefining the Way the World Meets." PictureTel, the world leader in dial-up videoconferencing, enables global video communications through an easy-to-use, dial-up family of standards-based videoconferencing systems for both conference room and desktop applications.
 NOTE: PictureTel LIVE is a trademark of PictureTel Corporation. Person to Person is a trademark of IBM.
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 /CONTACT: Deborah Wood of IBM, 512-823-3258; or Ron Taylor of PictureTel Corp. 508-762-5178; or Pam Austin of Rourke & Co., 617-267-0042 for PictureTel Corp./
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