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Wireless Network Browser Shown

A browser and associated services that enable desktop access by handhelds over wireless networks like 802.11b, will be shown this week at the PC Expo trade show by vendor ZFrame, Inc.

The company said the browser enables access by Palm OS-based devices to desktop data via a variety of wireless networks, including 802.11b, Bluetooth, CDMA, and CDPD. While the initial implementation supports Palm OS, the company said versions that support Pocket PC and Java will be introduced by the end of the year.

The browser will enable access to desktop content including e-mail attachments, according to ZFrame. The system uses ZFrame's Visual Content Framework, which is a client/server approach that preserves the original formatting, content and graphics. The system supports pop-up and zoom-in functionality for interacting with the desktop content. That enables users to see specific parts of the content more clearly.

In addition, the company claimed that the system enables information technology (IT) managers to quickly create applications using standard HTML tools.

The comapny said that a beta version of ZFrame for Palm OS will be available in July for $25 for two months of beta service. After the beta period, the ZFrame value-added browsing service will be available to wireless handheld users for $22.50/month, if thier existing wireless service provider supports it. A version for enterprise wireless systems will be released by the end of the year, the company said.