Artisoft Announces Support Plans for Microsoft Windows® NT 4.0


(TUCSON, AZ –August 12, 1996) – Artisoft, Inc. (Nasdaq: ASFT) announced today that it plans to provide networking, PC communications and computer telephony solutions for the Windows NT 4.0 operating system. In recognition of the growing acceptance of NT workstations and servers in small and growing businesses, branch offices and workgroups, Artisoft plans to release software from each of its product groups which is specifically designed to take advantage of the 32-bit architecture of Windows NT 4.0. Artisoft expects to begin releasing certain software solutions running on the Windows NT 4.0 platform by the end of 1996.

“Artisoft has traditionally combined anticipating the needs of small business, and providing an affordable, easy growth path for integrating new technologies into LANtastic® local area networks. Our planned support for Windows NT is a natural extension of our commitment to multiplatform connectivity, providing consistent networking for PCs running any Microsoft operating system, ” said Olivier Zitoun, Artisoft senior vice president and general manager of the networking product group.

The planned Windows NT version of the award-winning LANtastic networking software will be primarily targeted to any LANtastic network with one or more NT workstations, and to new network customers with any mix of NT, Windows® 95, Windows® , OS/2® and DOS platforms.

In PC communications, Artisoft plans to release an enhanced version of it's award-winning INSYNC® CoSession Remote™ remote control software which will support Windows NT 4.0. “As Windows NT 4.0 gains acceptance, it becomes increasingly important to provide users with access to their desktop resources via this platform. Artisoft's planned version of CoSession Remote will provide users with greater flexibility in how they transfer files and access information remotely,” said David Saphier, senior vice president and general manager of the PC communications product group.

Visual Voice®, Artisoft's award-winning telephony software toolkit, already supports Windows NT 3.51. Last March Artisoft announced the release of Visual Voice Pro v 3.0 for Windows NT and Windows 95. “Since Windows NT is an outstanding platform for voice processing, future versions of Visual Voice products will be designed to continue support of Windows NT, “ commented Michael Cassidy, senior vice president and general manager of the computer telephony product group. A 32-bit ActiveX control version of the popular Visual Voice telephony software toolkit, Visual Voice Pro leverages the robust pre-emptive multi-tasking of Windows NT to support more than 72 simultaneous phone line connections per PC.

“Our customer focus is small business. Artisoft has always provided us with products that address the needs and concerns of these companies – easy to use, comprehensive networking solutions at a low cost. Increasingly our customers are requiring the next generation of software that takes advantage of the 32-bit architecture of Windows NT. We are looking forward to offering Artisoft networking solutions for this important and exciting platform,” said Artisoft reseller Mark I. Wolfson, president of Wolfpack, Inc. in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Artisoft leads the industry in providing easy-to-use, affordable networking, communications and computer telephony solutions for business. Chosen by nearly five million users worldwide to connect and share computer resources, Artisoft solutions include the award-winning LANtastic family of networking products, and the INSYNC family of remote communication products, including CoSession Remote and ModemShare™. Dedicated to the development of easy-to-use tools and applications for Windows telephony, Artisoft's computer telephony solutions include Visual Voice and Visual Fax®. The company maintains nine offices outside the United States, and distributes its products in more than 100 countries.

For more information, contact Artisoft, Inc. at 2202 N. Forbes Blvd., Tucson, AZ 85745. Sales Consultation Center 800/233-5564. Corporate 520/670-7100. Fax 520/670-7101. World Wide Web home page http://www.artisoft.com. Recent Artisoft press releases are available at no charge through PR Newswire's Company News On-Call fax-on-demand system; call 800/758-5804 and enter company number 107158.

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