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SCO Announces UNIX 95 Compliance Update to its Performance Leading, Enterprise-Class Operating System; SCO UnixWare Product Update Delivers Improved Performance, Single UNIX Specification Compliance, and Year 2000 Date Processing.

SANTA CRUZ, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 25, 1996--SCO (NASDAQ:SCOC) today announced immediate availability of the product update package for its enterprise-class operating system, SCO UnixWare 2.1.

The SCO UnixWare 2.1.1 Update Package delivers customers a range of new benefits including Single UNIX Specification (UNIX 95) compliance, expanded hardware support, performance enhancements, and modifications that address Year 2000 Date Processing issues.

In keeping with SCOs strategy to proactively deliver updates via the Web, existing SCO UnixWare 2.1 customers can download the SCO UnixWare 2.1.1 Update Package immediately and free of charge from ftp://ftp.sco.com/UW21/upd211.

"Throughout this year, the SCO UnixWare operating system has continued to deliver industry-leading performance, most recently reflected in the amazing TPC-C results and AIM Technology awards announced last month," said Mike Shelton, vice president, Enterprise Solutions for SCO. "With this new update, we are staying committed to provide our customers even better performance as well as broadening our support for hardware and other devices. In addition, by complying with the Single UNIX Specification we are giving our customers greater freedom of choice, a reduction in development costs, expanded market opportunity, and better investment protection."

Standards Compliance

In continuing to support industry standards, the SCO UnixWare 2.1.1 Update Package contains enhancements to make it compliant with the Single UNIX Specification (formerly SPEC1170), and receive UNIX 95 branding. Compliance with this standard delivers flexibility and freedom of choice to SCOs customers by assuring portability of applications across a standard set of APIs (application-programming-interfaces). This allows ISVs (Independent Software Vendors) to bring more applications to market faster and at a reduced cost, while focusing engineering efforts on improving features and performance.

Year 2000 Date Processing

SCO proactively addresses one of the industrys growing concerns Year 2000 Date Processing in this new update. The SCO UnixWare 2.1.1 Update Package contains updated commands and utilities that ensure correct handling of multiple century dates and leap year processing. This new feature will help SCO customers reduce costs associated with addressing the Year 2000 issue and provide greater investment protection of their current infrastructure.

Performance

Testament to the performance leadership of the SCO UnixWare operating system, last month SCO announced the SCO UnixWare system attained the highest throughput ever for an Intel processor-based system 8,311.43 tpmC a phenomenal 25% higher than the next closest Intel processor-based competitor. At the same time, AIM Technology announced the winners of its annual UNIX Hot Iron Awards. Hot Iron Awards are given to computer manufacturers whose solutions provide the best overall throughput performance and best price/performance throughput. Of the 20 awards given for UNIX system environments, the SCO UnixWare operating system with the 2.1.1 Update was the base for 17 of those award-winning systems.

SCO has continued to add performance enhancements to the SCO UnixWare system in the new SCO UnixWare 2.1.1 Update Package. With improvements in multithreaded and multi-user workload performance, customers will benefit from improved "out-of-the-box" performance and exceptional price/performance.

In addition to a series of maintenance and performance improvements, the update also includes new hardware support. SCO has expanded its hardware support for SCSI host adapters and peripherals, new network interface cards and video cards, as well as a new set of device drivers to allow customers to take advantage of the latest hardware innovations.

Availability

Existing SCO UnixWare 2.1 customers may download the SCO UnixWare 2.1.1 Update Package free of charge from ftp://ftp.sco.com/UW21/upd211,or pay a nominal media fee for the update CD. New SCO UnixWare customers will receive the update CD in the packaged product from SCO.

About SCO

SCO is the world's leading supplier of UNIX server and host systems, and a leading provider of client-integration software that integrates Windows PCs and other clients with UNIX servers from all major vendors. SCO Business Critical Servers run the critical, day-to-day operations of large branch organizations in retail, finance, telecom, and government, as well as corporate departments and small to medium-sized businesses of every kind. SCO sells and supports its products through a worldwide network of distributors, resellers, systems integrators, and OEMs. For additional corporate and product information, see SCO's home page on the World Wide Web: http://www.sco.com.

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CONTACT: SCO

Monika Laud, 408/427-7421

Fax: 408/427-5448

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