Mainsoft ships first MainWin 3.0 Application as Microsoft launches Internet Explorer on Unix

SUNNYVALE, Calif. - March 4, 1998 - Mainsoft, a leading supplier of cross-platform development tools that migrate Windows applications to the leading Unix platforms, announced today that Microsoft, (NASDAQ: MSFT), has shipped Internet Explorer 4.0 on Unix by utilizing MainWin XDE 3.0 as its technology infrastructure.

Microsoft announced today the release of their award-winning Internet browser, which continues their commitment to providing cross-platform support to corporations, content developers and users worldwide. Internet Explorer provides users with the best of breed browser and is the only browser on Unix that supports rich and standards-based web content such as dynamic HTML and XML.

"Mainsoft's technology has significantly helped Microsoft in quickly delivering Internet Explorer on Unix to customers," said Ramesh Parameswaran, group manager for Internet Explorer/Unix for Microsoft. "With the availability of Internet Explorer for Unix, corporate customers can now deploy and manage Internet Explorer throughout the enterprise."

Ivor Share, president of Mainsoft added, "The challenge for supporting all the features needed for Internet Explorer on Unix raised the functionality of MainWin 3.0 to make Mainsoft the leading provider of the Windows platform on Unix."

"Now, most developers can harness this functionality and bring Windows 95/NT applications to the Unix market. In addition, Mainsoft technology combined with Internet Explorer for Unix provides what Unix software vendors and customers have been asking for-- a tool to use Windows infrastructure such as COM on Unix and a browser to use those applications," said Ivor Share. "Internet Explorer itself both uses and demonstrates the power of COM on Unix."

Pricing and Availability

MainWin 3.0 is now available on Solaris Sparc 2.51 platform. MainWin XDE 2.1 is currently available on Solaris Sparc 2.51, Solaris Intel 5.5.1, SunOS 4.1.4, Irix 5.3, Irix 6.2, HP UX 10.2 and IBM AIX 4.1.5. Pricing starts at $15,000 per seat including, support.

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