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PICTURETEL EXPANDS VIDEO APPLICATION DEVELOPMENT ENVIRONMENT TO INCLUDE PICTURETEL LIVE VIDEOCONFERENCING SYSTEM, SUPPORT FOR MEDIA CONTROLLER

 DANVERS, Mass., July 16 /PRNewswire/ -- PictureTel Corporation, (NASDAQ: PCTL) the global leader in dial-up videoconferencing, today announced that it will expand its Video Application Development Environment to include support for the new PictureTel LIVE(tm), PCS 100(tm), desktop videoconferencing system as well as for the Media Controller Interface (MCI) and Microsoft Corporation's Visual Basic development tool.
 The support falls into two major areas:
 -- Videoware -- The Developer's ToolKit(tm) Release 2.0 will include
 support forPictureTel's Full-CIF H.320 TSS (CCITT) standard
 algorithm; the MediaController Interface (MCI); and the Visual
 Basic application development tool from Microsoft Corporation.
 -- Video modem -- Developers will have a choice between the
 VM-4000(tm) videomodem announced in March and a new VM-100(tm)
 video modem for the PictureTel LIVE desktop platform.
 Additionally, an expanded Developer's Support Program will
 include service and customer support for both video modem
 products.
 "PictureTel continues to lead in the development of video modems and videoware. These new industry tools in conjunction with our new desktop product families are opening exciting new application possibilities through the merger of computing, telephony and video technologies," said Norman E. Gaut, president and CEO for PictureTel. "We believe the MCI and Visual Basic extensions will allow us to reach a larger number of developers which in turn will increase the number of real time applications using dial-up visual communications on PictureTel platforms."
 PictureTel's Video Application Development Environment enables developers, OEMs and VARs to build applications on a common software platform utilizing reusablebuilding blocks. This approach simplifies the programming requirement and greatly reduces development time, allowing new applications to be brought to market much more quickly.
 PictureTel Corporation, headquartered in Danvers, Mass., develops, manufactures and markets a full range of visual telecommunications solutions that are "Redefining the Way the World Meets.(tm)" PictureTel enables worldwide videocommunications through an easy to use, dial-up family of standards-based videoconferencing systems.
 -0- 7/16/93
 /CONTACT: Ron Taylor of PictureTel Corp., 508-762-5178; Pam Austin of Rourke & Company, 617-267-0042, for PictureTel/
 (PCTL)


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