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June 30, 1999

We are writing to advise you that the current release of Power++ Enterprise, version 2.5, concludes Sybase's development of the Power++ product and that the Power++ product will be discontinued.

Sybase believes that it can best serve the needs of the developer community by allocating greater resources to enhancing its leading-edge products, Sybase Enterprise Application Studio, PowerBuilder, PowerJ and Enterprise Application Server. These products enable you to rapidly develop and deploy sophisticated Web applications. With the release of Sybase Enterprise Application Studio 3.0, Sybase has delivered an integrated development environment with a scalable, secure, transaction-aware platform for Web and component-based application development.

To help minimize the possible disruption to your business caused by the discontinuance of Power++, Sybase is taking the following steps:

  1. Included with this letter you have received a copy of Power++ 2.5 Enterprise for no charge. This maintenance release fixes bugs reported through our technical support organization and also includes an update to the DataWindow ActiveX to support PowerBuilder version 6 DataWindows.

  2. You may purchase additional copies of Power++ through August 31, 1999 by contacting Sybase directly by calling 1-800-8-SYBASE and choosing option 1.

  3. Through June 30, 2000, for all active support customers, Sybase technical support will continue, with our customers' cooperation, to deliver the high level of support you have come to expect by: (i) delivering a prompt response to problems raised, (ii) assisting in the search for a code workaround, or (iii) in the case of a critical Priority 1 issue, working with Sybase product engineering to investigate delivering a software patch. In the event that a workaround is not found and a software patch is required, a business impact statement will be requested from your company.

  4. In addition, if you are interested in learning more about Sybase PowerJ 3.0 and special prices available to you, please contact our Customer Service Department at 1-800-8-SYBASE.

What is Sybase PowerJ?

Sybase PowerJ provides a true end-to-end solution for building sophisticated Internet applications, exploiting the benefits of HTML, Java clients, and delivering powerful Java server-side components. PowerJ not only offers powerful database capabilities -- it also integrates seamlessly with Sybase Enterprise Application Server, enabling enterprise-class applications from creation, to testing and debugging, to deployment. For more information on Sybase PowerJ, EAStudio and EAServer, please visit our Web site and refer to http://www.sybase.com/products/application_tools.

In U.S. and Canada, please call 1-800-8-SYBASE and choose option 3 to talk with a Sybase Customer Service representative for any questions you have about Power ++, and to learn how you can continue to benefit from Sybase's integrated development and deployment technology. For an International listing of Sybase offices near you, please visit our web site at http://worldwide.sybase.com/worldwide/public/index.stm


Bill Bartow
Vice President Marketing and Engineering
Internet Applications Division

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