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By: John Kaster
Abstract: Borland's Best-in-Class Java and C++ Solutions Aim to Speed and Simplify Development of Wireless Applications
BARCELONA, Spain - November 19, 2001 - Borland Software Corporation (Nasdaq NM: BORL) and Nokia (NYSE: NOK) today announced at the 6th International Nokia Mobile Internet Conference an extension to their partnership. The two companies intend to expand Borland® JBuilderTM and Borland® JBuilderTM MobileSet support to the Nokia Series 60 Platform and develop a new Borland C++ development environment for Nokia's new, SymbianTM OS-based platform for application and feature driven mobile devices.
Borland continues its commitment of providing freedom of choice to developers. Organizations can choose to develop next-generation mobile applications using the forthcoming Borland® C++BuilderTM MobileSet, based on the next version of the award-winning of Borland C++Builder, or with JBuilder, the market leading JavaTM development environment, in conjunction with JBuilder MobileSet. With this support, developers can easily build, debug, and deploy applications to devices running the Series 60 Platform.
The new Series 60 Platform, announced by Nokia at Fall COMDEX 2001 last week, consists of telephony and personal information management applications, browser and messaging, and downloading clients, and a complete and modifiable user interface, designed to run on top of the Symbian OS, an operating system for advanced, data enabled mobile phones. Nokia intends to license the Series 60 Platform as a source-code product. This will enable licensees to integrate the software platform into their own application-driven phone designs, accelerating application development and the rollout of new phone models at lower costs.
"The Series 60 Platform will expand opportunities for developers around the world because not only will they have standardized and familiar tools to develop applications for Nokia terminals, but also the tools for terminals of other leading manufacturers who are licensing the Series 60 Platform because of their commitment to open standards," said Jouko Hayrynen, vice president, Developer Community Activities for Forum Nokia. "Through the extension of Borland JBuilder and C++Builder MobileSet solutions to support the Nokia Series 60 Platform, application developers will have a proven development platform to efficiently go after new market opportunities."
"By working closely with Nokia and licensees of the Series 60 Platform, Borland intends to provide developers with robust Java and C++ development platforms for delivering enhanced mobile applications," said Ted Shelton, senior vice president and chief strategy officer for Borland. "Borland has a strong heritage in creating and supporting open, standards-based solutions, and we are pleased to support Nokia's efforts and those of others in the industry to align mobile device manufacturers towards open standards."
This announcement follows last week's release at Fall COMDEX 2001, where Nokia and other industry leaders committed to open mobile architecture enabling a non-fragmented global mobile services market. By adhering to consistent global and open standards, these industry leaders and developers will be able to provide consumers with a wide selection of different competitive, yet interoperable terminals and services, and hence promote significant industry growth, and also aim to ensure that economies of scale are enjoyed throughout the industry.
Borland JBuilder and Borland JBuilder MobileSet, Nokia Edition, currently support rapid development of applications for the JavaTM 2 Platform, Mobile Edition (J2METM) on the market-leading Nokia 9210 handheld mobile device. This software solution will also be available for the new Nokia 7650 mobile phone that was also announced at the Nokia Mobile Internet Conference. JBuilder MobileSet can be used with the free JBuilder Personal, but requires purchase of JBuilder Enterprise or JBuilder Professional for commercial application development. JBuilder MobileSet is available as a free download, and can be accessed through the Borland Web site at https://www.borland.com/jbuilder/mobileset/download.html.
Borland and Nokia also intend to release a new Borland C++Builder MobileSet development platform for rapidly developing high-performance small footprint Nokia Series 60 Platform applications on the Symbian OS. The new Borland C++ development environment, expected to be released in the first half of 2002, as currently planned, will be available both as a stand-alone development environment and as an expansion to the popular, award-winning Borland C++Builder product line.
For more information on the Nokia Series 60 Platform, go to the Forum Nokia Web site, Nokia's online community of more than 500,000 mobile developers, at https://forum.nokia.com, and americas.forum.nokia.com.
Borland Software Corporation is a leading provider of technology used to develop, deploy and integrate software applications. Delivering best-in-class technology solutions dedicated to interoperability, Borland allows enterprises of all sizes to move into Web based computing while leveraging legacy systems. From the Fortune 1000 to the Borland Nation consisting of millions of developers, Borland provides customers the freedom to develop applications, deploy them anywhere, and integrate and manage them across the enterprise. Borland solutions enable organizations to increase productivity and deliver higher performance projects faster and on budget, while lowering total cost of ownership.
Founded in 1983, Borland is headquartered in Scotts Valley, California with operations worldwide. To learn more, visit Borland at https://www.borland.com, the community site at https://community.borland.com, or call Borland at (800) 632-2864.
All Borland brand and product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of Borland Software Corporation, in the United States and other countries. All other marks are the property of their respective owners.
This release contains "forward-looking statements" as defined under the Federal Securities Laws, including the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. All statements that are not historical are forward-looking. Forward-looking statements may relate to, but are not limited to, Borland's future financial performance, capital expenditures, revenues, acquisitions, earnings, costs, product development plans, global expansion plans, estimated size of potential customer markets, demand for Borland's products, the projected acceptance by existing or potential customers of new technologies and the potential features of, or benefits to be derived from, the products developed, marketed or sold by Borland, market and technological trends in the software industry and various economic and business trends. Such forward-looking statements are based on current expectations that involve a number of uncertainties and risks that may cause actual events or results to differ materially. Factors that could cause actual events or results to differ materially include, among others, the following: general economic factors and capital market conditions, general industry trends, the potential effects on Borland of competition in computer software product and services markets, growth rates in the software and professional services markets that Borland participates in, rapid technological change that can adversely affect the demand for Borland's products, shifts in customer demand, market acceptance of new or enhanced products or services developed, marketed or sold by Borland, delays in scheduled product availability dates, actions or announcements by competitors, software errors, reduction in sales to or loss of any significant customers, the ability to successfully integrate acquisitions, Borland's ability to protect its intellectual property rights, the dependence of certain of Borland's business units on licenses from third parties, Borland's ability to attract and retain qualified personnel, Borland's failure to reduce costs and unanticipated further deterioration of economic and financial conditions in the United States and around the world resulting from the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. These and other risks may be detailed from time to time in Borland's periodic reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including, but not limited to, its latest Annual Report on Form 10-K and its latest Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q, copies of which may be obtained from www.sec.gov. Borland is under no obligation to (and expressly disclaims any such obligation to) update or alter its forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
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