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Saros introduces document server built for Microsoft BackOffice; Saros document server for Microsoft BackOffice provides out-of-the-box enterprise document management for customers committed to Microsoft BackOffice Server Platform.

LAS VEGAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 13, 1995--Saros Corp. today introduced Saros(R) Document Server for Microsoft(R) BackOffice, a special version of its Mezzaniner enterprise library services (ELS) software designed expressly for the Microsoft BackOffice intergrated family of server software.

Saros Document Server takes advantage of the full power of Microsoft BackOffice to create an enterprisewide electronic information library. Users benefit from networkwide Smart Search, check-in/check-out, version control, object-level security and more.

Saros Document Server for Microsoft BackOffice allows people to work together effectively even if they are scattered throughout an office or distributed across an entire organization. Information in any form -- text, scanned images, spreadsheets, graphics, electronic forms, CAD drawings, video, sound and more -- is at everyone's disposal in an environment that provides total manageability and security.

"Microsoft BackOffice provides a secure, scalable, reliable platform on which an enterprise-focused solution developer such as Saros can deliver a mission-critical product that meets customers' needs for accessing and sharing information," said Bob Muglia, Microsoft vice president of Windows NT and Microsoft BackOffice. "By integrating with Microsoft BackOffice, Saros Document Server provides enterprise customers with speed, reliability and empowerment to work collaboratively on documents with true accuracy and manageability."

While other document-management vendors have announced compatibility with Microsoft BackOffice in their products, Saros is the first to bring server-based ELS technology to the Microsoft BackOffice platform, and Saros Document Server for Microsoft BackOffice is the only document management product built exclusively for Microsoft BackOffice.

"In 1989, when Fortune 500 companies used local area networks for little more than simple file and print services, Saros pioneered the concept of using client-server library services and Microsoft Windows(R)-based document management as an enterprise solution," said Jim Meyer, Saros vice president of marketing. "Microsoft technology has always been an integral part of our enterprise strategy. We expect Microsoft BackOffice to greatly accelerate the deployment of document-management solutions in the enterprise."

"The combination of Saros Document Server and Microsoft BackOffice provides an attractively packaged offering at a price point that has the potential to penetrate new markets and drive electronic document-management deployment across the enterprise," said Linda Myers-Tierney, director of IDC's Electronic Workplace Technologies research. "By integrating electronic document management with core components of workgroup systems, Saros Document Server becomes appealing to IS departments, VARs and integrators -- particularly those leveraging currently established Microsoft channels."

Overview of Saros Document Server for Microsoft BackOffice

Through the Saros Document Manager interface and from within Microsoft Office applications, users can perform networkwide searches by attributes or content for any document type. Document-management services such as check-in/check-out, version control, document administration and object-level security are applied to all documents -- even as they are shared via Microsoft Mail or Microsoft Exchange and other workflow technologies.

Based on the Saros Mezzanine version 3.5 ELS engine, Saros Document Server for BackOffice is designed to accommodate high-volume, document-intensive environments, with distributed network services that provide unsurpassed throughput, integrity and reliability.

In the same way that card-catalog cards direct individuals to books in a library, Saros document icons serve as references to native files managed by the document server. Saros Document Server for Microsoft BackOffice uses the power of Microsoft SQL Server like a card catalog to store information about documents and other objects.

Native files are stored in secure locations distributed across the enterprise and centrally managed by Saros Document Server for Microsoft BackOffice. All files are automatically tracked throughout their entire life cycle, even as they are moved to other servers or archived.

Integration with Key Microsoft BackOffice Components

Saros Document Server for Microsoft BackOffice carries the "Designed for Microsoft BackOffice" logo, which was developed to help users easily identify hardware and software products designed specifically to take advantage of Microsoft BackOffice. To qualify to carry the logo, a software company must meet a high technical standard, which ensures that the product carrying the logo takes advantage of the key Microsoft BackOffice technologies customers find most important.

Microsoft Windows NT Server

Saros Document Server is a full 32-bit server application that uses the multithreading facilities of Microsoft Windows NT Server to optimize its ability to service a large number of client workstations. For Digital's Alpha platform, Saros Document Server has been ported to take advantage of its 64-bit architecture and power. This Saros Document Server architecture is also optimized to take full advantage of the multiprocessor capabilities in Windows NT platforms.

Microsoft SQL Server

Saros Document Server uses Microsoft SQL Server as a relational database engine, the "card catalog" of the electronic library. Saros Document Server uses Microsoft SQL Server performance features such as stored procedures, and networking features such as multiprotocol support, as well as robust integrity tools such as transaction support and online backup.

Microsoft Mail Server

Saros Document Server currently integrates with Microsoft Mail via the MAPI interface. With this messaging integration, users send Saros library references as mail attachments rather than copies of the file(s). This significantly reduces network traffic and gives all of the benefits of version control and object-level security to mail attachments. Multiple copies of outdated versions cannot be propagated across the organization.

In addition, the mail system cannot be used to circumvent document security. This integration will migrate to, and be enhanced for, Microsoft Exchange.

Saros Document Server Pricing and Availability

Saros Document Server for Microsoft BackOffice is scheduled to be available on Dec. 15, 1995. The U.S. suggested retail price is $450 per workstation and $895 per server. This bundled price includes Saros Document Server for Microsoft BackOffice, the Saros Document Manager interface, and Microsoft SQL Server.

To view a demo or receive additional information, interested parties may visit the Saros booth at COMDEX/Fall (Microsoft BackOffice Corporate ISV Pavilion, booth L2202), or call 800/82-SAROS (827-2767) or, outside the United States, 206/646-1066 to request a demonstration CD.

About Saros Corp.

Since 1989, Saros Mezzanine enterprise library services (ELS) software has served as the foundation for a variety of customized enterprise document-management programs. Mezzanine software manages the complete document life cycle and features distributed document search capabilities, multilevel security and access control, version control, archive/reclaim, and system back-up.

Saros Document Manager is a packaged document management solution based on Saros Mezzanine. Saros Document Manager provides all Mezzanine Enterprise Librarian services for connected and mobile computing, plus integration of routine tasks such as printing, sending electronic mail and more, from a single easy-to-use graphical user interface.

Saros Corp. is the industry's leading enterprise document-management company, with more than 400,000 seats sold to commercial and government customers worldwide. Saros products are sold directly to end-user customers through the Saros sales, service and consulting organization and Saros-authorized resellers.

Saros, co-founder of the Document Management Alliance (with IBM, Novell and Xerox), has technology and marketing agreements with a number of major hardware and software vendors, and is the pre-eminent provider of OEM document management technology. Founded in 1986, the privately held company is based in Bellevue, Wash. -0-

-- 1995 Saros Corp. Saros and Mezzanine are registered trademarks and Enterprise Librarian is a trademark of Saros Corp.

-- Microsoft, BackOffice, Windows NT and Windows are registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corp. in the United States and/or other countries.

-- Other trademarks are used for identification purposes only and are property of their respective holders.

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