SOURCE: Birdstep Technology

December 01, 2006 07:51 ET

Birdstep launches EasyConnect™

OSLO, NORWAY -- (MARKET WIRE) -- December 1, 2006 --

    ~ Birdstep launches EasyConnect™, the new high performance
  connection manager with outstanding performance characteristics,
  enhanced user experience features and unique re-distribution and
                        customization tools ~
Oslo/Stockholm/Seattle/Cambridge - December 1, 2006 -Birdstep Technology ASA, the leading provider of seamless connectivity and mobility software for laptop, PDA's and Smartphones, launches the new high performance connection manager with Microsoft® Vista® Support, improved performance and impressive customization capabilities. Birdstep core development has been positively influenced by strategic customers, partners and relevant technology trends.

To succeed in today's changing telecom market, Mobile Operators must constantly strive to maximize their competitive advantage. The Connection Managers lies at the heart of the mobile operator's data portfolio and strategy. EasyConnect empowers mobile operators to quickly serve different customer segments with re-branded and customized versions of the EasyConnect product. It also provides improved customer satisfaction through user experience enhancing features such as a zero click connectivity, always best connected and context sensitive assistance to users.

"The EasyConnect product is created with a focus on high performance, robustness, ease of use as well as customization and re-distribution capabilities for mobile network operators. The launch of EasyConnect demonstrates Birdsteps commitment to maintain the market leading position on seamless connectivity and mobility solutions" said Petri Markkanen, CEO at Birdstep.

Some EasyConnect highlights are:

*         Full Microsoft® Vista® Support
Leverages new Microsoft® Vista® communication APIs, security features
and conforms to Microsoft® Vista® developer guidelines.  EasyConnect
is designed to run on Microsoft® Vista®, while support for Windows®
XP and Windows® 2k is maintained.

*         Outstanding performance improvements
Reduces start-up and close as well as connection and disconnection
time by 50-100%.

*         Redistribution and customization tool
Introduction of a powerful customization and rebranding tool
necessary to create Mobile Workforce packaging towards Enterprise and

*         Enhanced User Experience
Features with enhanced diagnostics, context sensitive user
assistance, enhanced hotspot locator and others

*         Quick and continuous Device Support
EasyConnect supports all known devices and Birdstep's goal is to
always support at least 80% of the relevant devices on the market.
The EasyConnect product is generally available in February 2007. The new platform and the enhanced feature set will be officially demonstrated at 3GSM World in Barcelona the 12th to 15th of February 2007.

To place an order or to find out more information about EasyConnect, visit us on



About Birdstep (

Birdstep Technology ASA is a public company listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange (OSE) under ticker 'BIRD'. The company is headquartered in Oslo, Norway with three wholly owned subsidiaries, Birdstep AB in Sweden, Birdstep Technology Inc. in Seattle, US and Birdstep Technology Ltd in Cambridge, UK.

Birdstep Technology is a global software development, marketing and sales company offering seamless connectivity and mobility client software for mobile data users on laptops, pocket PC and Smartphones as well as state of the art embedded database technologies.

Birdstep has an installed base at more than 30 operators globally including T-mobile Group, Vodafone Group, Orange, TIM, Turkcell, TMN, Sprint, Telenor and TeliaSonera. The company also cooperates with global partners such as Nokia, SonyEricsson, Cisco, Ericsson, Nortel Networks, HP and Fujitsu Siemens Computers.

Microsoft and Vista is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and other countries.

For further press information and photography please contact Robert
Vangstad at Birdstep
Tel: +46 (0) 730 58 45 00

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