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Extended Systems Releases XTNDConnect Mobile Objects 1.2; Mobile Application Software Development Kit Adds Client Support for Microsoft's Embedded Visual Studio.

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BOISE, Idaho--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 8, 2002

Extended Systems, (Nasdaq:XTND) a leading provider of mobile data management and wireless connectivity solutions, announced today the release of XTNDConnect Mobile Objects version 1.2.

The application software development kit, which offers a comprehensive set of tools to quickly and easily build mobile applications for the enterprise, now supports client application development utilizing Microsoft's Embedded Visual Studio. This opens up a substantial new market segment to Extended Systems and demonstrates the company's continued commitment to providing the tools that developers need to deliver mobile applications to the enterprise.

Providing a framework to build mobile applications for both online and offline scenarios, XTNDConnect Mobile Objects allows developers to build (or even use existing) generic COM server objects in common languages such as Visual Basic, C++ or Delphi. Client applications can be developed utilizing AppForge, Metrowerks' CodeWarrior and now Microsoft's Embedded Visual Studio. These product capabilities enable developers who are building mobile applications to leverage their existing programming knowledge without having to learn a new API -- drastically reducing overall development costs and speeding up delivery to the customer.

"XTNDConnect Mobile Objects is smartly designed and very efficient," says Eric Olsson, director of custom software development at RioScan, a company that has developed a real-time, wireless order-taking system for vendors at large conventions. "I'm impressed with the way the product transparently handles the issues involved with building distributed applications, such as data marshalling and remote procedure calls. In addition, the level of customer service and support at Extended Systems has been exceptional."

About XTNDConnect Mobile Objects

Optimized for wireless networks, such as an 802.11b/WiFi, XTNDConnect Mobile Objects works with natively compiled client applications to provide superior speed and reliable off-line capabilities, while maintaining consistent support for cellular (GPRS, GSM, CDPD), IR LAN, and TCP/IP connections. To ensure the highest level of security for wireless and offline applications, Extended Systems used Certicom's Elliptical Curve technology to develop and integrate its patent-pending Streamline Security(TM) system into XTNDConnect Mobile Objects. The system offers one-pass authentication, versus a typical handshake model, resulting in optimum speed and security. Additional product features include:
-- Strong functionality for working with databases through the ability to
transport recordsets between server objects and client applications. Developers
get an "ADO" recordset style interface to work with data that is sent or
received between the server and client.

-- State or stateless connection models

-- SOAP (Simple Object Access Protocol) access to server objects

-- Support for PocketPC, Palm and Windows clients


Pricing and Availability

List price for XTNDConnect Mobile Objects is $395 per SDK and $595 per server. For more information or a free evaluation unit, complete with technical support, call 800/235-7576, ext. 6064. Outside North America, visit http://www.extendedsystems.com/go/buy to contact one of Extended Systems' global offices.

About Extended Systems

Extended Systems is a global leader in providing mobile infrastructure software that extends enterprise applications to mobile and wireless environments. The company's products include data synchronization and management software, short-range wireless connectivity products (Bluetooth and IrDA-compliant), and client/server database management systems with remote access capabilities. Extended Systems' customers and key relationships include 3Com, Agilent, Compaq, Ericsson, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Microsoft, Motorola, NEC, Palm, Sharp, and Toshiba. Founded in 1984, Extended Systems has offices and subsidiaries in the United States and worldwide. For more information, call 800/235-7576 or visit the company Web site at http://www.extendedsystems.com/

This press release contains forward-looking statements, including statements regarding the ability of XCMO to help developers bring mobile applications to the enterprise quicker and reduce overall development costs. These statements are subject to risks and uncertainties. These risks and uncertainties include the perceived and realized benefits of mobile devices, the acceptance of specific industry-wide standards and protocols, the timely development and acceptance of new products and technologies, the risks associated with development of new products and product enhancements, and other risks as detailed from time-to-time in Extended Systems' SEC filings, including its 2001 Annual Report on Form 10-K and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q to be filed in fiscal 2002.
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