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Pumatech Pounces on Loudfire

Synchronization software maker Pumatech Wednesday said it has acquired substantially all of the assets of Loudfire, Inc. out of Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Loudfire makes the LoudPC platform. The software lets allows anyone with an Internet browser or Web-enabled phone to access real-time access to e-mail and PIM (personal information management) data located in either Microsoft Outlook or Outlook Express. The product also provides secure access to pre-specified files residing on a host PC.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed. San Jose, Calif.-based Pumatech said it expects to close the transaction within 30 days. But before that happens, the company said it will begin to market and sell LoudPC via its Web Store.

This is the second major acquisition for Pumatech this year. Back in April, the company took over Motorola subsidiary Starfish, known for its TrueSync platform.

"This acquisition will provide Pumatech with another strategic building block as we move to broaden parameters of the synchronization market and provide the best possible suite of products and services to enterprises and individual users alike," Pumatech president and CEO Woody Hobbs said in a statement. "LoudPC, like our acquisition of Starfish before it, is a dynamic technology that will enable our users to gain access to critical data in a variety of ways. It is highly complementary to our desktop-based Intellisync synchronization software, enabling access to essential Outlook-based email and PIM data -- as well as selected PC files -- in real time, whenever Web access is available from a laptop, PDA or Web-enabled phone. Intellisync will continue to provide the market's leading synchronization solution, for placing important email and PIM info at users' fingertips when wireless, real-time access is unavailable. Together, they give users the best of both worlds."

Microsoft, Oracle, Siebel, and Yahoo! have all embedded Pumatech's software in their handhelds and online platforms.

In addition to Microsoft's products, Pumatech's Intellisync also lets user access documents originated in Intuit's Quicken and TurboTax, IBM's Lotus Notes, Novell's GroupWise and most recently, Salesforce.com's S3.