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SYWARE's Visual CE® First Database Development Software to Support New Microsoft Handheld PC 2000

SYWARE's popular database tool enables customized applications
in minutes-no programming required

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Cambridge, MA (October 16, 2000)-SYWARE, Inc., a leading developer of intuitive database tools for business and personal productivity, today announced that its popular Visual CE database development tool now supports Microsoft's new platform for handheld PCs, Handheld PC 2000. Visual CE's drag-and-drop customization enables programmers and non-programmers alike to easily create database and forms applications in a variety of industries for the new generation of handheld devices-from patient tracking in medical clinics to inventory management in retail outlets to field surveys in customer support.

"Handheld PC 2000 is all about putting power in the hands of mobile users and Visual CE helps give it to them," said Sy Danberg, President of SYWARE. "Visual CE enables handheld users to achieve unprecedented productivity by providing the tools to capture and access information in the format they need. Developers and individual users can take advantage of the flexibility, intuitive design, and wealth of functionality that is a SYWARE trademark."

The Go Anywhere Database
Visual CE applications are created on any Windows 9x-, NT-, or 2000-based desktop system and downloaded to the Handheld PC2000 device. Visual CE is designed to completely mirror the look and feel of the device it is running on to provide a familiar and consistent user experience. The software allows maximum flexibility for accessing data, including full integration with the Pocket Access database provided with the handheld unit. Another powerful feature is the ability to open an image or document at the click of a button, when it cannot be conveniently shown within the body of a form.

Visual CE applications can use numerous controls including labels, edit boxes, note boxes, check boxes, radio buttons, command buttons, lookups, and drop down lists. Font control, device-based printing, timestamps, Digital Ink (scribble), and simple calculations are also supported. Additional features include support for color, data filtering, wild card searches, password protection, and calculations across records. Supported data types include text, note, bitmap, data/time, numeric, and money. A pop-up calendar, file selection box, and numeric keypad facilitate data entry.

Four Editions Available
Visual CE is available in four editions to support the varied needs of individual and business users. Visual CE Lite is an entry level version ideal for non-programmers building databases and forms for their own use. The Personal Edition offers full synchronization capabilities as well as additional database and forms building functionality. The Professional and Enterprise Editions are designed for creating more advanced and multi-user applications, with additional capabilities for manipulating tables as well as the ability to synchronize multiple devices to one desktop.

The Enterprise Edition includes SYWARE's Report CE® a full-featured reporting and printing tool for Visual CE. Users can create and print invoices, quotes, reports, and other custom documents from any Windows CE device, using any printer with an infrared connection. Report CE is also available for purchase separately with the other Visual CE editions.

The Professional and Enterprise Editions allow developers to create an unlimited number of applications and distribute them to an unlimited number of end-users, royalty-free. Applications can be distributed to hundreds of users, sold, or given away on the web.

Visual CE Lite Edition is priced at $79 (quantity one). Visual CE Personal Edition, with full synchronization capabilities, is priced at $129 (quantity one). Visual CE Professional Edition offers more advanced functionality as well as royalty-free distribution rights, and is priced at $399. Visual CE Enterprise Edition includes all the features of the Professional Edition plus SYWARE's Report CE software, and is available for $599.

About Handheld PC 2000
The recently announced Handheld PC 2000 is Microsoft's fourth generation of software for Windows®-powered handheld PCs. Handheld PC 2000 is based on the Microsoft® Windows CE 3.0 operating system, with additional functionality including a Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.0-compatible browser, an email client, personal information manager (PIM) functionality, and pocket versions of desktop Office applications. Hardware providers that have announced plans to support Handheld PC 2000 include Hewlett-Packard (HP Jornada 720), NEC Computers Inc. (Clio C-10xx H/PC Pro family), and MainStreet Networks (MobilePro line).

SYWARE, Inc. is a leading developer of mobile database tools for business and personal productivity. Founded in 1990, the company offers innovative data management and connectivity software for use in a wide range of applications, including patient monitoring, inventory management, and field surveys. The cornerstone of SYWARE's product line is Visual CE®, the popular database development tool for Windows CE handhelds used by such companies as IBM, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, ChevronTexaco Corp., and US Geological Survey. For more information, please visit

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For further information, contact:
Frank Yacano, Director of Business Development
PO Box 425091, Kendall
Cambridge, MA 02142 USA
+1 617.497.1300
Fax: +1 617.497.8729

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Joe Romano, Partner
HighGround, Inc.
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