3Com Delivers Windows XP Networking Solutions

EMEA, 25 October 2001 3Com Corporation (Nasdaq: COMS) today announced the worldwide availability of more than 60 networking products that support the Microsoft Windows XP operating system and that the network drivers for all 60 products are also embedded native in the new operating system. Working closely with Microsoft over the past several months, 3Com has been able to ensure its networking products come ready for Windows XP giving users the easiest upgrade or new installation. 3Com products supporting Windows XP include its entire line of 10/100/1000 Ethernet Network Interface Cards (NICs) and wired and wireless* mobile solutions.

"3Com solutions are the richest and easiest-to-use networking products on the market today. Our customers rely on the high performance and powerful connectivity capabilities," said Bruce Claflin, president and chief executive officer, 3Com Corporation. "Working side-by-side with Microsoft, 3Com networking solutions are optimised for the Windows XP environment and can deliver the best experience for home and business networking users."

3Com connectivity products are designed to uniquely optimise the performance of business or consumer networks and integrate seamlessly with existing network management software and hardware infrastructure. And, 3Com is the only networking/NIC provider with Windows XP support across its entire NIC product line.
Leading 3Com connectivity solutions for Windows XP include:
- 3Com Gigabit Server PCI-X NIC (3C996-T)
- 3Com 10/100 Secure NIC (3CR990-TX-97)
- 3Com 10/100 Managed NIC (3C905CX-TX-M)
- 3Com Wireless LAN (802.11) PC Cards with XJACK antenna (3CRWE62092A)
- 3Com 10/100 LAN+56K Modem PC Cards (Global Modem CardBus Type III 3CFEM656C and Modem Cardbus 3CXFEM656C)
- 3Com 10/100 LAN PC Card (3CXFE575CT)
- 3Com 10/100+56K Mini PCI Adapter (3CN3AC1556B)

Windows XP is Microsoft’s new operating system for home and business users, scheduled for release later this year. Built on an enhanced Windows 2000 engine, Windows XP is the new Windows with a new look that enables exciting experiences and establishes a new standard in power, reliability, security and simplicity.

"Microsoft is pleased to be working with 3Com Corporation to deliver great computing experiences to our customers," said John Fredrickson, general manager of Windows marketing at Microsoft Corp. "3Com offers a breadth of Windows XP products so business and consumer users have a good selection in connectivity devices and applications."

About 3Com Corporation
3Com simplifies how people connect to information and services through easy-to-use connectivity products and solutions for people and businesses. The company also provides access infrastructures and IP services platforms for network service providers. For further information, visit www.3com.com or the press site at www.3com.com/pressbox.