April 14, 1997

For Immediate Release


NT Suite offers: BLOB technology, cross-platform portability, web-tools and more.

April 14, 1997 -- Greenbelt, MD. -- Empress Software Inc announces the availability of the Empress RDBMS Suite for Windows NT, a powerful suite of multimedia RDBMS application development tools for the NT developer. From fast BLOB data handling capabilities, to Internet/Intranet capabilities, to microsecond time stamps, the Empress RDBMS Suite for Windows NT meets the needs of the most demanding developers. The interoperability of the Empress RDBMS between NT and Unix environments makes it an ideal database solution for developers seeking flexibility across multiple operating systems.

The Empress RDBMS Suite for Windows NT features the Empress RDBMS, a full-function RDBMS unsurpassed in handling large bulk or multimedia data (BLOBS), the Empress HTML Toolkit for interfacing database driven applications to the Internet/Intranet, the Empress ODBC Server which enables the RDBMS to work with a wealth of Microsoft and 3rd party ODBC-compliant tools including Visual C++, Visual Basic, MS Word, Excel, Access, Lotus 1-2-3 and Lotus Approach.

"Empress operates on Windows NT and all major Unix releases. This diversity makes Empress a strategic choice for companies developing in a multi platform environment that requires cross-platform portability," said Ivor Ladd, Vice President of Technology.

Whether the NT machine is a high throughput database server or a client communicating with an NT or Unix server, Empress provides the database functionality, performance, and the tools for application development. The Empress RDBMS Suite for NT is available at a competitive cost/performance price starting at $1000 for 2 users and dropping to less than $100 per user for larger systems. The Empress RDBMS also runs on Unix platforms including: SCO, QNX, Lynx, Linux, Solaris for Intel, Sun Solaris, HP-UX, IBM with AIX, DEC's Digital Unix, Silicon Graphics' IRIX.

Empress Software develops and supports the Empress Relational Database Management System. The Empress RDBMS is one of the most powerful and cost-effective ANSI-SQL databases available for scientific and engineering organizations using Unix, Windows or real-time environments. The Empress RDBMS is capable of managing text and multimedia data in the most demanding applications such as weather forecasting, space exploration and geographical information systems. Embedded systems applications include image and voice management, telecommunications and network management.

For more information about Empress, please call 301-220-1919, check our web site at www.empress.com, send e-mail to sales@empress.com, or write to us at:

Empress Software Inc.             Empress Software Inc.
3100 Steeles Ave East             6401 Golden Triangle Drive
Markham, Ontario, Canada          Greenbelt, MD 20770, USA
Phone: (905) 513-8888             Phone: (301) 220-1919
Fax:   (905) 513-1668             Fax:   (301) 220-1997
http://www.empress.com/           http://www.empress.com/
sales@empress.com                 sales@empress.com