ACCESS Rolls Out NetFront v3.1 Browser for Windows Mobile 2003

12/10/2003 - ACCESS (Tokyo Stock Exchange: 4813), a global provider of mobile content delivery and access technologies, announced that its NetFront v3.1 browser software for Microsoft® Windows MobileTM 2003 for Pocket PC will be available this month from popular download sites Handango.com and PocketGear.com. Also available will be versions to support Pocket PC 2002, including support for Pocket PC Phone Edition and for the original Pocket PC operating system, as well as free trial versions and distinct versions with JavaTM support. Limited time discounts are available for all of the newly available versions of NetFront.

"Windows Mobile is growing fast, and we’re happy to complement its increasing popularity by releasing a Windows Mobile version of our NetFront browser," said Toru Arakawa, president and CEO of ACCESS. "We’ve built special capabilities into NetFront for Windows Mobile, such as Smart-Fit RenderingTM and multi-window browsing, to give users a better mobile Internet browsing experience than is currently available on their platform."

NetFront v3.1 is the latest version of the most widely deployed and actively used embedded Web browser in the world. NetFront recently surpassed 100 million deployments globally and was selected as a "Best Software Awards 2003" finalist by Pocket PC Magazine. NetFront supports a wider range of operating systems than any competing browser. In addition to Pocket PC, ACCESS provides NetFront solutions for Palm® OS, Symbian OS, Linux OS, and mobile handset environments like BREWTM.

NetFront v3.1 boasts many innovations that provide an unparalleled mobile Internet experience for end-users like Smart-Fit Rendering, a technology that intelligently renders Web pages to fit the narrow screen widths of mobile devices, eliminating the need for horizontal scrolling. NetFront v3.1 also includes new functions such as Auto-Cruise scheduling, Google and Yahoo! Internet search bars, ActiveXTM and multimedia plug-in support, in addition to the well received features specifically designed for PDAs, such as multi-window browsing, drag-scrolling, and off-line browsing. In addition, ACCESS is now making available a version of NetFront v3.1 for Pocket PC 2003 and Pocket PC 2002 that includes support for Personal JavaTM (JV-LiteTM2 Personal Edition), which supports Web applications that require Java.

For a limited time, users can download NetFront v3.1 for Pocket PC from Handango (www.handango.com) and PocketGear.com (www.pocketgear.com), LLC at steeply discounted prices. Users can also download time-limited trial versions for Pocket PC 2003 and Pocket PC 2002.

About NetFront
NetFront v3.1 is the latest version of the most widely deployed and actively used embedded Web browser in the world. NetFront recently surpassed 100 million deployments globally and was selected as a "Best Software Awards 2003" finalist by Pocket PC Magazine. NetFront supports a wider range of operating systems than any competing browser. In addition to Windows Mobile 2003, ACCESS provides NetFront solutions for Palm® OS, Symbian OS, Linux OS, and mobile handset environments like BREWTM. ACCESS’ NetFront has been deployed in over 254 unique devices ranging from mobile phones and PDAs to digital televisions, gaming consoles, and automobile telematics systems from 90 major Internet device manufacturers. NetFront browser technology is included in Internet solutions from many of the world’s leading mobile operators, software providers and electronics manufacturers including Adobe, Alpine, AT&T Wireless, China Mobile, China Unicom, Handspring, Hutchinson 3G Group, IBM, KDDI, NEC, NTT DoCoMo, PalmSource, Samsung, Sharp, Sony and more.

About ACCESS
ACCESS Co. Ltd. (Tokyo Stock Exchange: 4813) is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, and has subsidiaries in Fremont, California, Oberhausen, Germany, and Beijing, China. ACCESS is a global provider of mobile content delivery and access technologies for information appliances. ACCESS' embedded NetFront browsers power 254 different commercial products worldwide including mobile phones, digital televisions, set-top boxes, game consoles, PDAs, car navigation systems, web phones, kiosk terminals and intranet terminals. To date, over 100 million ACCESS software licenses have shipped from more than 90 major Internet device manufactures (As of Sept, 2003). ACCESS was listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange Mothers market on February 26, 2001. More information is available at www.access.co.jp/english/ or www.access-us-inc.com.

ACCESS is a registered trademark in Japan. NetFront is registered trademark of ACCESS Co., Ltd. in Japan. i-mode is a registered trademark of NTT DoCoMo, Inc. Windows Mobile is a trademark of Microsoft Corporation.

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