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Insignia Solutions Brings Windows 95 Applications to RISC-based UNIX
Workstations With SoftWindows 95 v4.0 for UNIX
Fast, Simple Solution Strengthens Windows/UNIX Integration in the Corporate Environment
* Fast, simple Windows 95 solutions for HP, SPARC (SunOS 4 and Solaris 2.5) and IBM workstations
* Allows UNIX users to run Windows 95-based applications with no additional hardware
* Provides complete Windows 95 environment with Windows multimedia support, PC networking and PC file sharing
* Supports both 16- and 32-bit Windows-based applications, including networking
* Low-cost, viable alternative to maintaining two computers on each desk
SANTA CLARA, Calif., March 31 /PRNewswire/ -- Insignia Solutions(R) (Nasdaq: INSGY) is now shipping
SoftWindows(TM) 95 v4.0 for UNIX, the only cross-platform solution available today to include Microsoft(R) Windows
95(R), enabling users of RISC-based UNIX(R) workstations to run all Windows 95-based applications on their UNIX
desktops. The new version, which emulates a complete Pentium-based PC with networking and sound support, provides HP,
SPARC (SunOS 4 and Solaris 2.5) and IBM workstation customers with "two computers in one" by allowing them to run the
latest 16- and 32-bit personal productivity applications, including Microsoft Office 97, right alongside their workstation
"SoftWindows 95 for UNIX is a flexible and cost-effective vehicle for integrating the personal-productivity aspects of the
Windows 95 environment with the power of the UNIX workstation environment," said William J. McCarthy, Insignia's senior
vice president. "Companies buy UNIX workstations for high-power vertical applications, but in doing so isolate these users
from corporate productivity, messaging and groupware applications which are primarily Windows-based. SoftWindows 95 for
UNIX gives users the "best of both worlds" right on their workstations -- the power of UNIX with the application base and
networking capability of Windows 95."
Windows 95 Pre-Installed
SoftWindows 95 includes a complete, pre-installed copy of Insignia Solutions' optimized version of Microsoft Windows 95.
Insignia Solutions has optimized the Windows 95 source code, licensed from Microsoft, for maximum integration with the
UNIX environment. Insignia's simple, flexible installation enables customers to install SoftWindows 95 in minutes.
Flexibility and Performance
SoftWindows 95 for UNIX offers faster performance than that of SoftWindows 2.0 for UNIX. In addition, SoftWindows 95
features TurboStart(TM), breakthrough technology that allows users to start Windows 95 in a matter of seconds, compared to
the several minutes it takes on a hardware PC. SoftWindows 95, which includes Windows 95, also gives SoftWindows 2.0
users the option to continue running Windows 3.11 or install Windows 95. Users choosing to run Windows 3.11 will realize
performance improvements of up to 35% over SoftWindows 2.0.
Complete Windows 95 Environment
SoftWindows 95 brings the Windows 95 environment to UNIX workstations, including Windows multimedia support, PC
networking and PC file sharing capabilities. New Windows sound support includes the ability to play .wav files and .avi
movies. The product also offers full integration between PC and UNIX environments, including cut and paste of text and
graphics, and data sharing through advanced common file sharing architecture. In addition, SoftWindows 95 supports long file
names, eliminating the "eight-dot-three" nomenclature limitation of earlier Windows versions.
SoftWindows 95 v4.0 provides a new Windows 95-optimized 32-bit NDIS driver which provides connectivity to all major
PC networks, including Novell NetWare, LAN Manager, Windows NT(R) Server, Banyan VINES, TCP/IP and WinSock
(both 16- and 32-bit) applications, enabling UNIX workstations to integrate into existing PC networks. And SoftWindows 95
is far more cost-effective than adding an actual hardware PC to a user's desktop.
Internet-Ready for Access to Virtually Everything on the World Wide Web
SoftWindows 95 v4.0 gives UNIX customers complete access to the Internet and their intranets with the inclusion of
Microsoft Internet Explorer 3.0, pre-installed. This makes browsing, downloading and manipulating PC content on the World
Wide Web easier. Also included with SoftWindows 95 are Microsoft Office Viewers which allow UNIX customers to access
and read PC documents on the Internet and intranets. New support for Adobe Acrobat, Real Audio, Macromedia
Shockwave, Java(TM) and ActiveX(TM) enables users to browse all data types on the Internet whether the content includes
images, sound, multimedia or interactive data. Now UNIX workstation owners have access to, and the ability to manipulate,
virtually everything on the Internet.
New Support for Sound and Multimedia
SoftWindows 95 includes a Windows sound driver that plays .wav and .avi files on workstations equipped with sound
support. SoftWindows 95 also supports PC speaker sound for DOS programs.
With new support for DirectX(TM), as well as complete SVGA emulation including VESA modes, multimedia capabilities are
enhanced for both Windows 95 and DOS.
Pricing and Availability
SoftWindows 95 version 4.0 for UNIX (for HP, IBM and SUN SPARC/Solaris) is available immediately from Insignia
Solutions for an expected U.S. price of $599 for the right-to-use license and $499 for add-on licenses. A SoftWindows 95
upgrade for existing SoftWindows 2.0 users is also available for immediate delivery at an expected U.S. price of $299 for the
right-to-use license and $249 for add-on licenses. Insignia also offers a version of SoftWindows 95 for Silicon Graphics
machines. Contact Insignia Solutions at 800-848-7677 for more information. Customers can contact Insignia Solutions U.K.
Insignia Solutions is a leading provider of cross-platform compatibility solutions for all enterprise desktops, including UNIX
workstations, Macintosh(R) computers, PCs, X terminals and network computers. The company's SoftWindows product
delivers Windows and MS-DOS(R) applications to standalone desktops, and its NTRIGUE(TM) product delivers Windows
95, Windows 3.x and Windows NT to a variety of enterprise desktops via a Windows NT server. The company's mission is
to be the premier, worldwide supplier of quality software solutions that enable its customers to use Windows applications on
diverse platforms throughout the enterprise and over the Internet.
The publicly-held company's U.S. headquarters are in Santa Clara, California, and its main R&D facilities are in High
Wycombe, England. Sales and Marketing departments are located in Santa Clara; Woburn, Massachusetts; and High
Wycombe. For additional information on Insignia and its products, call 800-848-7677 or visit the company's Web site at
The statements in this press release relating to matters that are not historical are forward-looking statements that involve risks
and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated, including but not limited to, rapid
technological changes in the industry; increased competition; and timely introduction and customer acceptance of the
company's products. These risks and uncertainties are described in reports and other documents filed by Insignia Solutions
with the Securities and Exchange Commission
NOTE: Insignia Solutions and Insignia are registered trademarks, and NTRIGUE and TurboStart are trademarks of Insignia
Solutions Inc. SoftWindows is a trademark used under license. Microsoft, MS-DOS, Windows and Windows NT are
registered trademarks and ActiveX and DirectX are trademarks of Microsoft Corporation. Macintosh is a registered
trademark of Apple Computer, Inc. Java is a trademark of Sun Microsystems, Inc. UNIX is a registered trademark licensed
exclusively through X/Open Company, Ltd. All other brand names mentioned are trademarks or registered trademarks of their
respective holders. SOURCE Insignia Solutions Inc.