AvantGo(TM), Inc., the authority in managing mobile information(TM), and Microsoft Corp. today announced that the new Microsoft Pocket PC will include AvantGo's award-winning software, which extends Web- and server-based data to mobile devices. The first company to take advantage of the new plug-in functionality of Pocket Internet Explorer, AvantGo will provide Pocket PC users with immediate, out-of-the-box access to AvantGo.com(TM), the company's free interactive Internet service.
With a new Pocket PC device and Pocket Internet Explorer integrated with AvantGo, mobile individuals will have access to the enormous range of brand name news, sports and financial information that is available through AvantGo.com the moment they synchronize their device. In wireless mode or using a desktop cradle, Pocket PC users can access more than 350 optimized channels, including MapQuest.com, FOXSports.com, FedEx Express, The Wall Street Journal Interactive Edition and Hollywood.com, as well as their own favorite websites by simply visiting www.avantgo.com and creating their own personalized account. For content and application providers, AvantGo.com reformats and compresses industry-standard HTML, making it easy to offer existing web content to Pocket PC devices.
"Our goal for the Internet Explorer for the Pocket PC is to provide the most full-functioning web browser available for handheld devices to date, enabling a rich Internet experience on Pocket PCs both online and offline, and providing customers easy access to any website anytime, anywhere," said Rogers Weed, director of marketing for the Mobile Device Division at Microsoft. "By integrating the AvantGo.com service, customers can easily access a variety of premium Internet content for free, without the hassle of installing separate software."
AvantGo's popular software is already bundled with handheld devices from industry leaders such as Hewlett-Packard Company. "The integration of the AvantGo.com service with Pocket Internet Explorer on the Pocket PC is definitely the right way to go," said Helen Chan, worldwide marketing manager for HP's Asia Pacific PC Division. "This solution will deliver a very compelling benefit to Pocket PC users, allowing them both offline and online access to web-based information. HP will deliver a Pocket PC when Microsoft announces availability of the Pocket PC software by the end of Q2."
"Our solution is designed to deliver the information mobile individuals want and need -- any time, anywhere -- which is why it is exciting for our software to be integrated into Pocket Internet Explorer on every new Windows Powered Pocket PC device," said Stuart Read, vice president of marketing for AvantGo. "With the AvantGo Client that is integrated into Pocket Internet Explorer, corporations that purchase AvantGo Enterprise software can use the same familiar interface on the device to access enterprise applications and information."
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