Paragon and Microsoft Expand exFAT Partnership to Bridge Gap Between Operating Systems for OEMs

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We are pleased to expand our partnership with Paragon to empower customers through UFSD and exFAT technologies. Paragon is known for reliability and quality, and through its OEM reach, it is leading the way for greater interoperability. -- Micky Minhas, head of Technology Licensing, Microsoft

Paragon Software Group Corp. and Microsoft Corp. have broadened their partnership to offer new Universal File System Driver (UFSD) alternatives to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) whose products support Microsoft’s exFAT file system. Paragon has also branded its exFAT, NTFS and Windows drivers with the Microsoft name.

exFAT is a modern file system from Microsoft that facilitates large files for audiovisual media and enables seamless data portability and an easy interchange between desktop PCs and other electronic devices. Paragon is a preferred Microsoft exFAT supplier, and the partnership with Paragon offers consumers easy multimedia file exchange across platforms and devices. Paragon’s UFSD solutions enable smartphones, smart TVs, tablets, multimedia players, routers, NAS and other hardware to communicate with storage media formatted to any file system. As a result, customers can seamlessly and securely transfer multimedia content to entertainment devices, or to external storage for later playback.

“We are pleased to expand our partnership with Paragon to empower customers through UFSD and exFAT technologies,” said Micky Minhas, head of Technology Licensing for Microsoft. “Paragon is known for reliability and quality, and through its OEM reach, it is leading the way for greater interoperability. exFAT is the ideal system to partner with UFSD to provide streamlined file transfers, enabling a more powerful customer experience.”

“This expanded alliance with Microsoft marks an important milestone in our business and underscores our position as a leader in the UFSD market,” said Tom Fedro, President, Paragon Software Group Corp. “As a pioneering player in the storage management field with licensing agreements in place at scores of top tier OEM partners around the globe, Paragon is pleased to support Microsoft’s exFAT file system with complementary storage, networking and connectivity options that provide unmatched performance, data security and measurable business impact.”

Paragon provides embedded drivers that support exFAT under operating systems including Android, Linux, QNX and others. OEMs use Paragon technology to support SDXC cards formatted to exFAT across mobile, storage, network, IoT digital home and car infotainment products. OEMs already using Paragon driver technology include Buffalo, D-Link, Western Digital, ZTE and other leading brands.

Beyond file access, Paragon’s UFSD technology provides the highest data throughput speeds, enabling flawless recording and playback of High-Definition videos and a seamless VR/AR experience. These performance capabilities have set Paragon apart.

Paragon is a proud member of the SD Association. For more information on Paragon’s UFSD technology, visit http://www.paragon-software.com/technologies/ufsd/index.html.

For more information on Paragon Software Group, visit http://www.paragon-software.com or Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

Microsoft’s commitment to licensing IP
The partnership is another example of the important role intellectual property (IP) plays in ensuring a healthy and vibrant technology ecosystem. Since Microsoft launched its IP licensing program in December 2003, it has entered into more than 1,200 licensing agreements. More information about Microsoft’s licensing programs is available at http://www.microsoft.com/iplicensing.

About Microsoft Technology Licensing
Microsoft Technology Licensing LLC was formed in 2014 to acquire, manage and license Microsoft’s patent portfolio.

About Microsoft
Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT” @microsoft) is the leading platform and productivity company for the mobile-first, cloud-first world, and its mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.

About Paragon Software Group
Paragon Software Group is an innovative software developer focused on two dynamic growth markets. The company’s comprehensive product line for the data storage market addresses the needs of data security, storage and management for PCs, servers and networks. A second portfolio of products focuses on mobile productivity applications for handheld devices. Founded in 1994, Paragon Software Group has offices in the USA, Germany, Japan, Poland, Russia and China, delivering its solutions to consumers, small business and enterprise clients worldwide through a network of Value Added Resellers, distributors and OEMs as well as online through the company website. Paragon Software Group provides technology to a host of world-class companies and partners, including Cisco Systems, Dell, HP, Western Digital Corp., ASUS, Seagate, Toshiba, LG Electronics, Logitech, Buffalo, Acer, EMC/Iomega, Siemens, Lenovo, Microsoft, Motorola, Nokia, and more. For more information, please visit the company website at http://www.paragon-software.com.

Paragon Software is a trademark of Paragon Software Group. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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