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Critical Path and Mediagate Partner to Deliver Streamlined Unified Communications Solution.

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Alliance Of Critical Path And Mediagate Communications Platforms

Delivers Single Inbox for Voice And Email Services, Increasing

Profitability and Subscriber Loyalty For Service Providers

Critical Path, Inc. (Nasdaq:CPTH), global leader in integrated communication solutions, and Mediagate, a provider of advanced unified messaging Having access to e-mail, voice mail and faxes via a common computer application or by telephone. For example, unified messaging may send faxes and digitized voice mail to a mail server that turns them into e-mail attachments.  systems, today announced a strategic partnership that will enable service providers to deliver unified voice and data communications data communications, application of telecommunications technology to the problem of transmitting data, especially to, from, or between computers. In popular usage, it is said that data communications make it possible for one computer to "talk" with another.  services to subscribers. The joint integrated communications solution combines Mediagate's iPost(R) unified communications The real time redirection of a voice, text or e-mail message to the device closest to the intended recipient at any given time. For example, voice calls to desk phones could be routed to the user's cellphone when required.  platform with the Critical Path(TM) Communication Platform to route, store and provide access to voice, text and multi-media messages from a single inbox and from any device. The companies are already rolling out the solution to service providers in Germany, Israel and Italy, with services going live in the first quarter of 2002.

"The Critical Path/MediaGate solution makes it easy to deploy unified communications services securely and reliability, enabling service providers to bring enhanced, differentiated, value added Value Added

The enhancement a company gives its product or service before offering the product to customers.

This can either increase the products price or value.
 solutions to market quickly," said Sue Barsamian, senior vice president of marketing at Critical Path. "Both Mediagate and Critical Path are similar in our commitment to Internet standards See Internet Engineering Task Force.  that enable flexibility, scalability and the lowest possible total cost of ownership for service providers."

Service providers leveraging the Critical Path/Mediagate solution provide end-users with full control over their communications from any device and across media boundaries, resulting in increased subscriber loyalty and reduced churn. Critical Path provides the email messaging, calendar, personal address book and backend management systems. Mediagate enables the consolidation and delivery of voice/fax services through the traditional email inbox, delivering the single view for managing all digital communications.

"Service providers can now develop personalized voice, text, and multimedia services that match their subscribers' individual preferences," said Donnie Malone vice president of sales of Mediagate. "These new personalized multi-modal communications solutions provide a dramatic improvement over legacy web and wireless solutions that exist today because they enable subscribers to use multiple methods for accessing the system, including voice navigation, wireless, wireline and web access."

About Critical Path, Inc.

Critical Path, Inc. (Nasdaq:CPTH) is a global leader in integrated communication solutions through the CP Communication Platform. Critical Path is headquartered in San Francisco, with offices throughout North America, Europe, Asia and Latin America. More information on Critical Path can be found at

About Mediagate

Mediagate provides flexible unified communications solutions (UCS (Universal Character Set) An ISO/IEC format for coding character sets. ISO/IEC 10646 was synchronized with Unicode; however, Unicode adds additional constraints, and compliance with 10646 does not guarantee compatibility with Unicode. See Unicode. ) throughout the world. Mediagate, a privately held company privately held company

A firm whose shares are held within a relatively small circle of owners and are not traded publicly.
, focuses on providing technology innovations to achieve faster, more flexible and economical communications, through all types of messaging media (voice, fax, email, pager, SMS (1) (Storage Management System) Software used to routinely back up and archive files. See HSM.

(2) (Systems Management Server) Systems management software from Microsoft that runs on Windows NT Server.
, etc.). Mediagate's flagship product, iPost(R), delivers solutions that telephony, wireless and Internet service providers Internet service provider (ISP)

Company that provides Internet connections and services to individuals and organizations. For a monthly fee, ISPs provide computer users with a connection to their site (see data transmission), as well as a log-in name and password.
 need to maintain a competitive advantage. Mediagate offices are based in San Jose, California San Jose (IPA: /ˌs├Žnhoʊˈzeɪ/) is the third-largest city in California, and the tenth-largest in the United States. It is the county seat of Santa Clara County. , in, Raanana, Israel and Amsterdam, Netherlands. Mediagate's web site is located at

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements by the Company and others regarding product performance, including our customers' and partners' testimonials and the Company's statements regarding endorsements of and performance of our product and services offerings by our customers, our belief as to the ability of our products to enable cost-savings, security, scalability and reliability and the market for outsourced services like ours. The words "will," "expect," "plan," "believe," "seek," "strive for," "anticipate," "estimate" and similar expressions are intended to identify the Company's forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements involve a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated. These risks include, but are not limited to, our evolving business strategy and the emerging and changing nature of the market for our products and services, our ability to deliver on our sales objectives, the ability of our technology and our competitors' technologies to address customer demands, changes in economic and market conditions, unplanned system interruptions and capacity constraints, software and service design defects. These and other risks and uncertainties are described in more detail in the Company's filings with the U.S Securities and Exchange Commission ( made from time to time, including Critical Path's Annual Report on Form 10-K Form 10-K

A report required by the SEC from exchange-listed companies that provides for annual disclosure of certain financial information.

Form 10-K

See 10-K.
 for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2000, as amended, and the Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q Form 10-Q

See 10-Q.
 for the quarter and nine month period ended September. 30, 2001, as may be amended from time to time
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