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NEC COMPUTERS INC. UNVEILS PLANS FOR POCKET PC CORPORATE PERSONAL DIGITAL ASSISTANT.

NEC Computers Inc., a leading provider of mobile, desktop and server computing solutions for the enterprise market, today unveiled plans at the Pocket PC 2002 launch in San Francisco to introduce a new enterprise-class PDA in North America by end of this year. Designed specifically for the corporate market, NEC's new PDA will be ideally suited for mobile business professionals.

Based on a powerful central processor from Intel(R) and featuring Microsoft Corp.'s (Nasdaq:MSFT) new Pocket PC 2002 software, the new NEC PDA promises to be one of the most advanced Pocket PC solutions for mobile business professionals. While product details have not yet been disclosed, the new NEC PDA will provide key corporate functionality built into the system software, as well as expansion capabilities and a host of third-party productivity applications and connectivity options.

"NEC Computers is in an optimum position to deliver a world-class corporate PDA based on our familiarity with the unique needs of the corporate market, and our long-standing status as a leading mobile solutions provider," said Larry Miller, vice president of marketing, NEC Computers Inc. "Our goal is to establish the NEC PDA as the dominant Pocket PC platform for mobile professionals using handhelds for bona fide corporate tasks, not just as glorified appointment books."

The new NEC PDA will ship with Microsoft(R) Pocket PC 2002 software, which was announced separately today. The newest version of the Pocket PC platform includes a more intuitive user interface with enhanced Microsoft productivity applications, personal information management tools and advanced multimedia playback capabilities.

"We're delighted that NEC Computers is supporting Pocket PC 2002," said Ben Waldman, vice president of the mobile devices division at Microsoft Corp. "NEC's commitment to the needs of its customers is clearly evident in its decision to move forward with Pocket PC 2002 and deliver a product based on one of the best handheld software platforms."

Pricing for the NEC PDA has not yet been disclosed. The new Pocket PC handheld will, however, be available through select resellers and distributors nationwide late Q4 2001.
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Date:Oct 8, 2001
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