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IntraNet Solutions Brings Content Viewing App to Wireless Devices

Eden Prairie, Minn.'s IntraNet Solutions Inc. made some mobile waves Wednesday when it agreed to license its content viewing technology to Mobile Computing Technologies (MCT), a Japan-based wireless technology and consulting company.

Terms of the licensing agreement were not disclosed, but the maker of Xpedio, a popular content management system, will provide its Outside In Viewer Technology (OIVT) for the Java-based Tao operating system, which is the main engine for digital appliances in mobile networks.

The firms hope that with OIVT embedded in the operating system, Tao users will be able to view, print, copy and paste documents in more than 100 file formats without launching the documents' native applications. IntraNet Solutions and MCT will jointly market the combined solution, with MCT serving as the exclusive distributor in Japan. MCT will also work directly with wireless manufacturers to integrate the solution into their devices and applications.

Improving viewer functionality on wireless devices, be they personal digital assistants (PDAs) or Web-enabled phones, has long been an endeavor that many makers of mobile computing solutions have worked on because the screens are often tiny and become easily cramped. With screens that are so small, it is important that consumers feel comfortable accessing information in an easy fashion. INRS and MCT believe they can make it work in Japan.

"We have no doubt that the wireless device manufacturers will quickly and widely embrace the file viewing functionality IntraNet Solutions' Outside In Viewer Technology provides," said Hiroaki Yokoyama, senior director for Mobile Computing Technologies. "The wide range of formats the product supports, as well as its ease-of-use, will drive the rapid adoption of this technology."

OIVT has also been ported to work on Microsoft Windows CE and Symbian platforms, in more than 70 file formats on mobile and wireless devices.