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Software.com Acquires Mobility.Net

Messaging solutions provider Software.com, Inc. Tuesday acquired San Francisco-based Web application developer, Mobility.Net.

Financial terms were not disclosed.

Software.com said the acquisition provides it with high-performance, customizable Web applications and server technology supporting Web mail, address book, calendar and task management applications.

The company plans to incorporate the applications with Software.com's InterMail line of products, aimed at providing its service provider customers to offer access to Web-based applications.

"The acquisition of Mobility.Net enhances our ability to offer a broader range of messaging solutions to our customers, while providing the foundation for expanding our product line moving forward," said Valdur Koha, president of Software.com.

"Because Web-based applications give end users easier, anytime, anywhere access to information, they are increasingly appealing to service providers," Koha said.

Software.com said the Mobility.net staff will work in the company's new office in Silicon Valley.The Mobility.Net team will be responsible for developing and managing Software.com's Web applications.

The Mobility.Net features include Web mail, address book, calendar and task management, which can all be customized to fit with a service provider's brand. Mobility.Net applications run on the following platforms: Windows NT, HP-UX, IBM AIX, Silicon Graphics IRIX, and Sun Solaris.

Web mail features include multi-lingual spell checker, message searching, in-line attachments, multiple folders, global directory searching, and single secure login technology, a hacker deterrent. A calendar solution enables users to manage events and to-dos by day, month, week or year views, maintain personal calendars, and conduct basic group scheduling.

Software.com boasts more than 37 million licensed mailboxes. Service provider clients include @Home Network, AT&T WorldNet Service, Excite Inc., GTE.net, Ameritech.net, BellSouth.net, Bell Atlantic Internet Services, Virgin.net/U.K., Telepac/Portugal, KDD Communications, Hongkong Telecom, Telekom Malaysia, and Pacific Internet,

"By developing a high-performance, scalable, extensible server technology, we have created a platform that can effectively support a range of standard and custom applications," said Mike Machado, founder of Mobility.Net and director of Web applications for Software.com.