2/19/2003 - Extended Systems (Nasdaq: XTND), a leading provider of mobile information management solutions for the enterprise, announced that the company's data synchronization and management software, XTNDConnect Server, will support the Sony Ericsson P800, a new mobile smartphone running the Symbian R7 operating system.
In addition to the GPRS enabled phone and powerful PDA functions, Sony Ericsson has incorporated Bluetooth, USB and infrared connectivity, as well as a digital camera into this compact new device. Extended Systems' support for the P800 completes the solution by giving enterprise users access to critical corporate data including email, calendar, contacts and tasks from MS Exchange and Lotus Notes environments. Users can email pictures, share contacts and manage their calendar wirelessly or through a cable connection.
The client software combined with XTNDConnect Server gives IT departments the capability to manage the Sony Ericsson P800 along with Palm, PocketPC/Windows CE, SyncML and other Symbian devices already existing within the enterprise. Though early releases of the P800 have been primarily in Europe, Extended Systems reports that global demand for P800 support is already surfacing in some of its largest accounts.
"The ability to support Symbian is a key requirement for many Global 2000 companies and one of many factors that differentiates Extended Systems from its competitors," said Extended Systems CEO and President Steve Simpson. "With this announcement, Extended Systems further demonstrates cross-platform, global support for popular mobile and wireless devices."
"With the P800, we have created an open communications tool which is unparalleled on the market today," said Rikko Sakaguchi, Senior Vice President of Application & Content Development at Sony Ericsson. "Connectivity and synchronization are two of the main benefits of the P800. Giving IT managers control while still allowing users to have wireless access is a critical component to the success of the P800. That is why it is so important that Extended Systems' proven solution is available."
The Sony Ericsson P800 smartphone has been shipping in Europe, Asia and the Middle East since December 2002 and is currently being rolled out to additional markets, including North America.
Server-based synchronization support for the Sony Ericsson P800 will be available from Extended Systems this spring. Beta is available for existing XTNDConnect Server customers. XTNDConnect Server can be purchased directly from Extended Systems or its distributors. For more information please visit www.extendedsystems.com.
About Extended Systems
Extended Systems provides the expertise, strategy and solutions to help enterprise organizations streamline their business processes through mobile technology. The company's mobile software suite enables companies to mobilize critical enterprise applications such as e-mail, field service, sales force automation (SFA), enterprise resource planning (ERP), and customer relationship management (CRM). In addition, the company offers Bluetooth and IrDA wireless connectivity software and client/server database management systems. Extended Systems has more than 2,500 enterprise customers worldwide and key alliance relationships with SonyEricsson, Handspring, HP, IBM, Microsoft, Motorola, Nokia, Palm, Sharp, Siemens and Toshiba.
Founded in 1984, Extended Systems has offices and subsidiaries in the United States and worldwide. For more information, visit the company Web site at www.extendedsystems.com.
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