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SYWARE Introduces Visual CE® for Pocket PC 2002, Database Development Software for Microsoft's Next Generation PDA

Database software provides real-time wireless access to servers,pop-up word lists, grid control, beaming, and macro programs

Cambridge, MA (October 4, 2001)-SYWARE, Inc., a leading developer of intuitive database tools for business and personal productivity, today announced that the company's Visual CE® and mEnable® families of database development software now support Microsoft's latest generation of PDA software, the new Microsoft Windows-Powered Pocket PC 2002. Visual CE for Pocket PC 2002, database software for mobile professionals, adds a flexible array of development tools to the Pocket PC 2002. Features include pop-up word lists, grid control, macro programs, and forms that can be developed and run on either the desktop computer or handheld device. mEnable for Pocket PC 2002 is SYWARE's breakthrough wireless architecture that allows mobile users to easily access and modify enterprise server data in real time. Together, the two enable both business professionals and developers to easily create database applications for any Pocket PC 2002 device without programming.

"With Pocket PC 2002, Microsoft has made the Pocket PC the most connected PDA available," said Sy Danberg, President of SYWARE. "This is especially important for corporations, large or small, who use mobile databases to organize and interconnect their business functions. The ability to easily access and quickly synchronize data drives most mobile professionals, whether they're updating repair databases from the field or tracking patients in a hospital."

"Corporations view enhanced connectivity and expandability as key elements in their mobile computing standards," said Rogers Weed, General Manager for the Mobility Division at Microsoft Corp. "We are pleased that SYWARE has taken advantage of Pocket PC 2002's new connectivity features in Visual CE to deliver business professionals with a streamlined approach to creating mobile databases."

Intuitive Application Development
Visual CE for Pocket PC 2002 is a full color, relational database program. It provides an intuitive, drag-and-drop interface that enables programmers and non-programmers alike to quickly create databases without coding. Database forms can be designed and maintained either on the handheld device or on the desktop computer. In addition, both forms and databases can be run on the handheld device or the desktop. Once the application is developed, records can be easily beamed from one handheld device to another. Other features include pop-up word lists, the ability to create pre-defined data filters, robust font selection, multi-select dropdowns, and calculations on string data. A macro programming capability allows for the easy creation of multi-step sequences.


Visual CE is integrated with mEnable, SYWARE's breakthrough wireless architecture that extends handheld applications with real-time, interactive access to server data. The mEnable architecture allows Visual CE applications to wirelessly read from or write to any ODBC-enabled data source, including Microsoft SQL Server, Oracle, Microsoft Access, or Sybase. mEnable uses the universal TCP/IP protocol to communicate between the Pocket PC 2002 handheld and the server, through standard wireless adapter cards that plug into the handheld device. The mEnable architecture allows handheld computing applications to be easily integrated with enterprise business processes.

Pricing & Delivery
Visual CE applications can be created and run on any Pocket PC 2002 device. 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 provides a more advanced feature set and includes royalty-free distribution rights; it is available for $399. Visual CE Enterprise Edition includes all the features of the Professional Edition plus SYWARE's Report CE® software; it is priced at $599.

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 and Pocket PC handhelds used by such companies as IBM, Coca-Cola, ChevronTexaco Corp., and US Geological Survey. SYWARE is also the creator of mEnable®, a new software architecture for real-time wireless access to enterprise data located on corporate servers. 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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HighGround, Inc.
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