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Introduces Java Client and Palm Synchronization for Macintosh and Windows

Premier group scheduling solution links mobile users to their office schedules

Cambridge, Mass., June 16, 1999 - ON Technology Corporation today announced Meeting Maker 6, a new version of the leading real-time, cross-platform enterprise calendaring and scheduling solution. Meeting Maker 6 offers a comprehensive Java-based Web interface and direct Palm synchronization, enabling users to access their appointments, contacts and to-do items from anywhere in the world. The cross-platform strength and flexibility of Meeting Maker has been expanded to include scheduling from virtually any client platform, including: Windows, Macintosh, Solaris, HPUX, the Palm Computing platform, and additional platforms that run a standard Web browser with Java support.

Meeting Maker 6 provides both thin and fat client solutions, to be utilized as appropriate to a user's needs and current location. Without locally installed files on the workstation, the thin Java client offers access through a browser, and the added feature of embedded URL link support. The native desktop client has a locally stored database with the ability to work in an off-line disconnected mode, and its feature set includes a "master schedule" group view. Both the traditional desktop client and the new Java-based Web client deliver real-time interactive scheduling, with features that include:

  • the ability to proxy other schedules;
  • management of resources;
  • invitations to external guests, and;
  • an "auto-pick" function to find available collaborative meeting times.

Out-of-the-box synchronization with Palm Computing connected organizers for both Macintosh and Windows platforms provides a seamless integration to popular devices such as 3Com Palm Computing's PalmPilot, Palm III through Palm VII, IBM's Workpad and to Qualcomm's upcoming pdQ phone. Meeting Maker 6 leverages Palm Computing's Conduit Development Kit (CDK) to provide Macintosh and Windows synchronization without requiring any additional third party software, and can synchronize any combination of the Palm's Datebook, Addresses and To-Do items. The Meeting Maker 6 calendar synchronization extends the Palm Datebook functionality from a personal organizer to a true business application, linking mobile users to their office schedules.

"Our customers have most frequently requested Palm synchronization and robust Internet client functionality," said Michael Bandes, Meeting Maker's director of groupware. "The enthusiasm amongst our beta testers is growing as we approach the June 30th shipping date; they are most anxious to move Meeting Maker 6 from its final testing phase to full implementation."

"Meeting Maker has made coordinating appointments and booking conference rooms effortless for us," said Ken Luskey, senior director of research for Metabolex. "The new Java client and Palm synchronization components mesh with the trends of how our use of computers and personal devices is evolving."

About Meeting Maker

Meeting Maker is the leading real-time, cross-platform enterprise calendaring & scheduling solution, designed to meet the diverse and complex scheduling requirements of organizations from small workgroups to the largest enterprises. Meeting Maker is a market-driven business tool that increases productivity while reducing cost, and provides instantaneous real-time access to free and busy time information. Meeting Maker is a highly-scalable IP-based system supporting tens of thousands of concurrent users on a range of computing platforms including: Java, Macintosh, Windows and UNIX. Meeting Maker is currently installed on over 700,000 desktops at major corporations and academic institutions worldwide including: amazon.com, Apple Computer, Cisco Systems, NASA, Qualcomm, Time, Inc. and the University of Michigan. Product information, pricing, and a free 30-day trial are available at: www.MeetingMaker6.com.


ON Technology and Meeting Maker are registered trademarks of ON Technology Corporation. All other brand names and trademarks are properties of their respective owners.

The statements in this news release that relate to future plans, events or performance are forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties, including risks associated with uncertainties pertaining to customer orders, demand for products and services, development of markets for the Company's products and services and other risks identified in the Company's SEC filings. Actual results, events and performance may differ materially. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof. The Company undertakes no obligation to release publicly the result of any revisions to these forward-looking statements that may be made to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.

  For further information, contact:
Louise Bernardi
ON Technology Corporation
(617) 692-3033
Kelby Troutman
Schwartz Communications
(781) 684-0770

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