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Wireless Knowledge Opens in Europe

[London, ENGLAND] Wireless Knowledge, a joint venture of Microsoft Corp. and QUALCOMM Inc., announced Monday the opening of a European office, its fourth major expansion within a year.

Once more, London is to be the hub, becoming the location of choice for yet another U.S. venture setting up a headquarters for its Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) operations.

Wireless Knowledge, which already counts British Telecom and Aventis Pharmaceuticals among its European customers, will market its flagship product, Workstyle Server, to other European companies. The product enables mobile workers to use the wireless Internet to access business critical information.

Eric V. Schultz, chairman and chief executive of Wireless Knowledge, said the opening of the London office was of strategic significance in supporting and growing his company's global customer base.

"Our enterprise-grade mobile data access solutions are currently used by more than 45,000 subscribers worldwide. This expansion will help us offer localized solutions and support that meet their needs across the entire enterprise," said Schultz.

Wireless Knowledge is aiming its products at the so-called "SHD space" - at users of smart handheld devices (SHDs). Catherine Pennington of research firm IDC commented that the market in Europe for SHDs is only just starting to mature and offers many opportunities for vendors to develop products for consumer and corporate solutions.

"We are forecasting a very healthy performance for the SHD space into 2004. This is expected to be particularly true of the personal companion and smart phone segments," said Pennington.

Formed at the end of 1998, Wireless Knowledge aims to provide a fully independent wireless data access solution for corporate users. It lets them have access to e-mail, calendar and contacts over any wireless network from any type of Internet-ready device.

Corporations can acquire Workstyle Server direct from Wireless Knowledge or through AT&T Wireless, Sprint PCS, or Paradigm4.