SEASIDE SOFTWARE LAUNCHES EUROPEAN OPERATIONS AT MICROSOFT IT FORUM

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Seaside Introduces Europe to the Benefits of HiPerExchange – Unparalleled Performance and Decreased TCO for Microsoft Exchange

REDWOOD CITY, Calif., November 19, 2002 – Seaside Software launched its European operations today at Microsoft® IT Forum in Copenhagen, Denmark. With the launch, Seaside added European Exchange administrators and users to the fold of those who may benefit from HiPerExchange, client-side software that addresses the substantive performance and usability challenges that confront millions of remote access users of Microsoft Exchange worldwide. Specifically, HiPerExchange provides sub-second response time from any location, regardless of network connection.

“Seaside Software views Europe as a key, strategic market, and we are very excited about today’s launch of HiPerExchange in Europe,” said David Butler, Seaside’s CEO. “Since our US launch last month, we have found that HiPerExchange resonates strongly among Exchange administrators charged with serving remote office workers and road warriors who often work in hotels and aboard airplanes.”

According to Ferris Research, a leading market research firm specializing in messaging and collaboration, remote access to Exchange servers has always been problematic. “Customers facing significant issues with Exchange remote access should make a tactical investment in HiPerExchange,” said Michael Sampson, consulting analyst with Ferris Research. “This is one of the most innovative Exchange solutions we’ve seen in a while.”

Regardless of network connection quality, the underlying technology in HiPerExchange works to combine the best features of Outlook, Outlook Web Access (OWA), and other Exchange access mechanisms. HiPerExchange greatly enhances user productivity by summarily eliminating:

  •     long multi-second or multi-minute download times under typical scenarios
  •     repeated waits for server refresh on every access
  •     painful Outlook synchronization issues when connecting to a network

How HiPerExchange Works

Once installed, HiPerExchange builds a replica of the Exchange OWA server inside the client. For traveling and remote users, this means all the data from the Exchange server is replicated and synchronized whenever they are online. Users can then access all their data locally online or offline and gain continual access to full groupware and the rich features of Exchange such as Email, Calendar, Address Book and Contacts -- features currently unavailable through common POP3 or IMAP4 access.

According to NetsEdge Research, a leading research and consulting firm specializing in areas related to Internet infrastructure, there is significant room for improving the quality and performance of broadly used Internet applications today, especially Email -- the most critical Web-enabled application.

“We have yet to see another solution that so successfully addresses the speed of execution and interactivity problems inherent with Exchange access,” said Peter Christy, principal with NetsEdge Research. “HiPerExchange makes using Exchange remotely feel like running Excel or Word.”

HiPerExchange is ideally suited for use by extended enterprises with increasing numbers of remote offices and mobile users. IDC predicts that the number of remote and mobile workers in Europe will grow from approximately 8 million in 2001 to over 20 million in 2005. In some countries, such as Sweden, the UK, and the Netherlands, a full 30% of the white-collar workforce will be mobile in two years.

For wide scale deployment, HiPerExchange requires no server side software, server modifications or changes at the corporate data center, thereby reducing IT management costs and complexity concerns.

“We experienced instant recognition of the positive impact on TCO and user productivity among the IT managers at companies currently evaluating HiPerExchange for enterprise-wide or department level deployments,” said Butler. “A number of IT managers specifically told us this will change the way they think about deploying Exchange going forward.”

HiPerExchange can be ordered directly from Seaside Software. Contact details may be found at http://www.seasidesw.com HiPerExchange is priced at $99.00 USD for individual users. Product demonstrations will be held at IT Forum, November 19-22 in Copenhagen, Denmark in Booth A10; IT Forum is devoted to planning, deploying, and managing infrastructure marketed by Microsoft Corp. (NasdaqNM: MSFT).

About Seaside Software Corporation

    Based in Redwood City, Calif., Seaside Software is led by a group of industry experts with extensive experience in Web architecture, WebDAV, Web security, HTTP and PC filesystems. The Seaside senior management team includes: David Butler, CEO, formerly of Inktomi (NasdaqNM: INKT); Moshe Raines, founder and chairman, who founded Vectop and was a principle of Teleknowledge and Starmedia; and Ittai Golde, CTO, who held senior research positions at IBM (NYSE: IBM), AOL/Time Warner (NYSE: AOL), and Ubique. The company has received funding from Israel Seed Partners and private investors.

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