Microsoft, Verizon Unveil Windows Mobile-Powered Palm Treo--Software Company SYWARE, Inc. to Fill Void by Establishing a Help Desk for 400,000 Palm Software Developers

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SYWARE, Inc. reiterated that it will provide a specific help desk for Palm OS users who will need to consider transitioning field PDA applications with the expected eventual transition to Windows Mobile. The help desk will be activated when Palm ships the Treo 700W version with Windows Mobile. Many current Palm users-- and Palm’s community of 400,000 software developers-- will need to start preparing, or considering, moving existing or future applications to this new platform to continue to enhance their business mobility.

Perhaps the worst kept secret was confirmed when Microsoft, Palm and Verizon confirmed and unveiled the “Treo 700W” that will run on the Windows Mobile 5.0 platform. As a result, SYWARE, Inc. reiterated that it will provide a specific help desk for Palm OS users who will need to consider transitioning field PDA applications with the expected eventual transition to Windows Mobile. The help desk will be activated when Palm ships the Treo 700W version with Windows Mobile. Many current Palm users-- and Palm’s community of 400,000 software developers-- will need to start preparing, or considering, moving existing or future applications to this new platform to continue to enhance their business mobility. SYWARE’s Visual CE Mobile Database and Application Development product and its integrated products for wireless synchronization and remote printing will allow this to take place without needing to hire new programmers to learn and use Visual Basic. SYWARE requires no programming to develop robust PDA applications on Windows Mobile PDAs.

Jonathan Spira, Chief Analyst at IT research firm Basex, Inc. recently stated, “This was something long in coming. There’s no question that in order to gain market share, Palm had to adopt Windows Mobile. Palm has been looking for direction for many years in trying to find the best solution for its handhelds. I would expect to see Windows Mobile replace the Palm operating system across Palm’s entire line. They can move the library of development code over. It’s not the end of the world.”

A Gartner report supports the move to Microsoft, citing that Windows CE advanced ahead of the Palm OS to become the top OS shipped in PDAs worldwide in 2004. Gartner also cited that Palm’s quarterly PDA market share plummeted from 41.8% in the Q2 2004 to just 18.8% in the same quarter of this year.

SYWARE’s President Sy Danberg stated “We are preparing to establish support for Palm OS users who may be thinking about a future transition to Windows Mobile. In preparation for this, we are developing a special pricing and support package to assist Palm OS users who may be in need of developing or transferring handheld applications to support their business needs. Many of our customers utilizing our products have implemented field applications 50 times faster than using Visual Basic where as still retaining the integration with other .NET products and the significant advantage of the Microsoft Platform.”

This news follows a previous announcement that an international panel of industry experts, sponsored by Microsoft Germany and Pocket PC Magazine Germany, presented SYWARE with a “Best Database Software Award 2004.” SYWARE allows users in a wide variety of market sectors to mobilize business information between the enterprise and the field to rapidly convert PC or paper-based processes into fully mobile applications that can be deployed on any Microsoft Windows Mobile Pocket PC or Windows CE device. Business or user-specific data can be downloaded, collected, displayed, modified and automatically synchronized. SYWARE enables users to create feature-rich, easy-to-use database applications without programming.

About SYWARE, Inc.

SYWARE empowers over 100,000 mobile users to collect data and create feature-rich database applications that can be deployed on any Windows Mobile Pocket PC or Windows CE device- wherever they need to work. Industry or user-specific data can be downloaded, collected, displayed, modified and synchronized, without programming. SYWARE provides low cost of ownership, rapid deployment and return-on-investment without requiring users to expand IT departments to manage software and data between desktops and servers to devices. SYWARE removes obstacles to commerce and enables users to share data seamlessly over wireless, LAN, WAN or Internet connections in a wide variety of market sectors, including municipalities, healthcare, transportation, government, life sciences, financial services, manufacturing, automotive, energy, aerospace and other markets.

The cornerstone of SYWARE’s product line is Visual CE 9 http://www.syware.com/lp/visualce To learn more about SYWARE, visit http://www.syware.com SYWARE is also the creator of mEnable, a flexible software architecture for real-time wireless access to enterprise data located on corporate servers http://www.syware.com/lp/menable, and FoneDB, the first database software for Microsoft Smartphone devices.

For media inquiries, contact Joe Romano, Partner, HighGround, Inc. at 1+ 781-279-1320 x 208.

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