Cutting Edge Software and Aether Software Team to Offer Handheld Computing Solutions for the Enterprise

Partnership Facilitates Development of Innovative Mobile Applications for Enterprise Users

Cutting Edge Software and Aether Software, a division of Aether Systems (Nasdaq:AETH), two leading software developers for mobile professionals and enterprises, announced today the development of a conduit between Cutting Edge's Quicksheet(TM) handheld spreadsheet application and Aether Software's ScoutSync(TM), a powerful tool for connecting a company's network server with its mobile workforce.

The conduit will enable mobile professionals to wirelessly synchronize data to and from a network server directly into Quicksheet spreadsheets on Palm OS handhelds -- enabling numerous custom solutions which incorporate data acquisition, analysis or display on a handheld device.

The Quicksheet-ScoutSync conduit, which is included as part of Quicksheet 5.0 which was released May 1, 2000, provides enterprises a tremendous level of flexibility to develop innovative solutions. For example, with Quicksheet 5.0 installed on Palm OS handhelds, combined with Quicksheet's ActiveX/COM objects and the ScoutSync conduit, it is possible to synchronize directly with any ODBC database from a Palm OS handheld. The conduit opens up a new realm of possibilities for in-house IT staff, as well as VARs, consultants and IT systems integrators, to develop custom solutions for their enterprise clients, including sales force automation, customer relationship management and inventory/asset control.

To demonstrate the potential benefits the Quicksheet/ScoutSync conduit has for numerous vertical markets, Cutting Edge and Aether Software will co-develop a series of demonstration applications.

One such application will be an Executive Information System, which will wirelessly deliver an instant sales report into a Palm user's Quicksheet application with data generated from a SQL Server database application.

"The immediate power and potential impact that this combination delivers to enterprise users of handhelds is phenomenal," said Jeff Musa, president of Cutting Edge Software, Inc. "For the first time, a wide range of custom solutions can be implemented for handhelds that synchronize at the server level and can be delivered effortlessly, wirelessly, and in a familiar spreadsheet format."

"Quicksheet has been the spreadsheet of choice for mobile users within a corporate enterprise, while ScoutSync has emerged as the industry standard for connecting mobile professionals to their enterprise network," says Tom McDonough, senior vice president, worldwide sales, Aether Software. "Combining the power of these two software products and giving corporations the ability to develop custom solutions are major steps toward the goal of fully empowering the mobile workforce."

As part of the agreement, the two companies plan to cooperate on a wide range of sales and marketing efforts, including seminars, Web site links, co-marketing pieces and joint sales calls.

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