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ViAir Joins New Era in Data Synchronization; ViAir Supports SyncML Initiative to Develop and Promote a Single, Common Data Synchronization Protocol.

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SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 30, 2000

ViAir, Inc., a leading provider of wireless Web applications infrastructure, today announced that the company has joined the SyncML Initiative.

SyncML is the first open industry initiative to develop and promote a specification for universal data synchronization of remote data and personal information across multiple networks, platforms and devices.

WirelessInbox, the first of many innovative mobile solutions from ViAir, is based upon ViAir's unique wireless Web applications platform. WirelessInbox enables end users to easily and intelligently access and act upon their email without the need to set up additional email accounts, synchronize with current accounts or download any software. WirelessInbox offers consumers an array of smart features including: one click address book import, single log-in access for up to ten different email accounts, and real time data synchronization. This same product philosophy will be supplemented with SyncML to create new solutions to deliver wireless Web applications that seamlessly integrate.

"Allowing disparate information sources and applications, from email servers to phone-based address books and calendars, to work together seamlessly is one of our key goals," says Bruce Chatterley, Chief Executive Officer, ViAir. "We believe an open synchronization standard will drive greater user adoption. This is one of the reasons why we joined the SyncML initiative and have decided to incorporate the technology into ViAir's overall wireless platform and services."

ViAir joins other industry leaders including Ericsson, IBM, Lotus, Motorola, Nokia, Palm Inc., Psion and Starfish Software, to support the new protocol. SyncML is a common language for synchronizing all devices and applications over any network. It leverages Extensible Markup Language (XML), so that networked information can be synchronized with any mobile device, and mobile information can be synchronized with any networked application. With SyncML, personal information such as email, calendars, to-do lists, and address books will be consistent, accessible and up-to-date, no matter where the information is stored.

About SyncML

Founded by IBM, Lotus, Motorola, Nokia, Palm, Inc., Psion and Starfish Software, the SyncML Initiative develops and promotes an open industry specification for universal data synchronization of remote data and personal information across multiple networks, platforms and devices. The SyncML Initiative is open for participation to a wide range of industries including device manufacturers, synchronization vendors, service providers and application developers. More information on the SyncML Initiative, how to join the SyncML, and details of technical specifications, are available at www.syncml.org http://www.syncml.org.

About ViAir, Inc.

ViAir, Inc., a wireless Web applications infrastructure company based in Seattle, Washington, has developed a carrier quality platform that enables mobile end-users to access and act on their most valued information and events instantly and intelligently. The company's first product, WirelessInbox, is an intuitive, simple to configure and easy to use wireless email service enabling mobile consumers to access their existing email accounts from any wireless Web device on any wireless network. ViAir delivers its applications to end users through partnerships with wireless carriers, Internet service providers, and application service providers. All applications are fully private-branded and are delivered with guaranteed uptime and performance commitments. ViAir was launched in February 2000 by the mobile Internet veterans that developed Sprint PCS' Wireless Web and Microsoft's MSN Mobile services. The privately held company is located at 220 West Mercer, Suite 300, Seattle, WA, 98119. For more information about ViAir, call 866/44-ViAir or 206/428-4100, or visit the website at www.viair.com http://www.viair.com.
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