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PICTURETEL NAMED MICROSOFT SOLUTIONS PROVIDER; DEVELOPER'S TOOLKIT RELEASE 2.0 TO SHIP IN FIRST QUARTER 1994

 COMDEX, Las Vegas, Nov. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- PictureTel Corporation (NASDAQ: PCTL), the global leader in dial-up videoconferencing, today announced that it has been named a Microsoft(R) (NASDAQ: MSFT) Solutions Provider. The company also said that it will begin shipping its Developer's ToolKit(TM) Release 2.0 in the first quarter of 1994. The ToolKit is a component of PictureTel's Video Application Development Environment (VADE). VADE provides software building blocks that make it possible to program advanced videoconferencing capabilities for all PictureTel product families, including the new PictureTel LIVE(TM) desktop system, and the System 4000(TM) and System 1000(TM) group videoconferencing systems.
 The ToolKit supports the Media Control Interface (MCI) of the Microsoft Windows(TM) operating system version 3.1 for use with multimedia authoring tools, and the Microsoft Visual Basic(R) programming system version 3.0. PictureTel offers a Visual Basic-based application, custom controls and predefined wigits and templates that can be used to develop live interactive video applications.
 The ToolKit is ideal for corporate developers, PC manufacturers, value added resellers and integrators, independent software vendors, PictureTel LIVE customers who want to customize the user interface, build live interactive visual communications solutions, video enable an application, or integrate other products with the PictureTel LIVE system.
 VADE falls into four major areas:
 -- Videoware -- The software component of VADE. The Developer's
 ToolKit Release 2.0 includes support for the Media Controller
 Interface (MCI) and Visual Basic from Microsoft Corporation, and
 a "C" language API.
 -- Video Modems -- Developers will have a choice between the
 VM-4000(TM) video modem announced in March and a new VM-100(TM)
 video modem for the PictureTel LIVE desktop platform that will be
 available early next year. Additionally, the PictureTel LIVE
 desktop system and the System 4000 systems are also supported by
 the ToolKit.
 -- Developer Response Center -- The PictureTel Developer Response
 Center helps developers implement applications, and facilitate
 application development of its partners and customers.
 -- Marketing programs -- The Developer's Support Program includes
 marketing programs and customer support for both the video modem
 products and the ToolKit.
 "PictureTel is unique in providing video modems and videoware. These new industry tools 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 extensions to MCI and Visual Basic 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 to build applications on a common software platform utilizing the building blocks of MCI and Visual Basic. 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 video communications through an easy to use, dial-up family of standards-based videoconferencing systems.
 NOTE: Microsoft and Visual Basic are registered trademarks and Windows is a trademark of Microsoft Corporation. Developer's ToolKit, PictureTel LIVE and System 4000, VM-4000 and VM-100 are trademarks of PictureTel Corporation.
 -0- 11/16/93
 /CONTACT: Ron Taylor of PictureTel Corp., 508-762-5178; or Pam Austin of Rourke & Company, 617-267-0042, for PictureTel/
 (PCTL MSFT)


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