Tiny Mijenix is mounting a challenge to Symantec with a new, integrated PC utilities suite that runs on Windows 95, 98 and NT.
Just when everyone thought the PC utilities market was down to two players, Symantec and Network Associates, following a series of acquisitions, up comes a 25-person company from Boulder, Colorado.
"This wave of consolidation in the industry is actually incredible for us," claims executive vice president Alex Eckelberry. "The two behemoths are fighting it out, and they're only focusing on each other."
Despite its competitors' size and clout, said Eckelberry, it is still possible for a new player to emerge, becauses "this market is very much driven by technology".
Mijenix Fix-It Utilities 99 is a suite that, unlike its competitors, will run on Windows 95, 98 and NT. The suite was built on Microsoft's Com (Component Object Model), making it highly modular, said chief technology officer Mike Kronenberg.
"[Symantec's] Norton Utilities is software that was developed for Dos, then ported to Windows and then to 32-bit," said Kronenberg. "We have built from the ground up, and that gives us an advantage."
The suite consists of a main screen that is used to call up components such as a virus scanner, disk defragmenter, registry clean-up and repair tools and a Y2K check-up tool. The antivirus tool, licensed from eSafe Technologies, comes with 12 months of free updates.
An Express feature will do a full, automatic check-up of Windows without user intervention. All modules can also be controlled by a built-in scheduler.
Mijenix ambitions go beyond the retail utilities market. Because the technology is based on Com, it can use DCom (Distributed COM) to work over a network.
Taking advantage of this, Mijenix is preparing a corporate version of its suite, due to ship in Q1. This will allow network administrators to schedule virus scans, disk defragmentation or registry clean-ups on all PCs on a network, from a central console - using a small resident program on all PCs.
The Com technology will also make for easy integration with system management frameworks such as CA Unicenter and Tivoli, claimed Kronenberg. Mijenix hopes to offer versions of Fix-It that plug into these and other frameworks by the second quarter of 1999.
Mijenix Fix-It Utilities 99 will ship on December 15 for $49. A UK version will follow shortly after, with French and German editions scheduled for Q1 of 1999.
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