SOURCE: CommuniGate Systems

March 20, 2008 13:09 ET

CommuniGate Systems' Pronto! 2.0 Launches on Adobe AIR and Unleashes HD Video and Entertainment on the Desktop

New Pronto! 2.0 Fuels Next Generation of Web 2.0 and Multimedia Applications -- Delivers HD Media, Interactive Video, Mash-Ups, and Communication Tools in Single Platform

MILL VALLEY, CA--(Marketwire - March 20, 2008) - CommuniGate Systems, the leader in carrier-class Rich Media Internet Communications, today announced the availability of Pronto! 2.0, a lightweight client interface built with Adobe® Flex® 3, deployed in the browser with Adobe Flash® Player and to the desktop with Adobe® AIR™, bringing together email, voice, messaging, and groupware along with high definition multimedia entertainment applications. With Pronto! 2.0, users can chat with friends, send email, place a VoIP call, catch up on their favorite HDTV show, stream HD radio, and more -- all from a sleek, easy-to-use interface.

Instead of being chained to hefty traditional desktop applications, users can tap into a full-featured and rich communications environment through Pronto! 2.0's lightweight design. Most people already access their email and communications online through services such as Gmail, Yahoo! Mail or Hotmail, and through Pronto! 2.0 users will experience online communications in a whole new light.

"So many people go online to check their work and personal emails and you find webmail applications can be quite limiting and at times frustrating to work with," said Jon R. Doyle, VP Business Development at CommuniGate Systems. "With Pronto! 2.0 you have a powerful platform for email, chat, voice calls and media and entertainment delivery -- all utilizing the web. You are not just tied to your home or work PC anymore. You can access this information anywhere and anytime."

Delivered to the browser through Adobe® Flash® Player, like other hot web sites such as YouTube, Pronto! 2.0 users can securely access communication and media services including email, IM, contacts, calendaring, click-to-call VoIP phone calls from IM sessions or your contact list, video, audio, RSS feeds and more -- all from their home computer, business laptop, and even public computers at an Internet Café.

Additionally, Pronto! 2.0 utilizes the power of Adobe AIR, which enables web developers to extend rich Internet applications to the desktop, delivering a more engaging digital experience and addressing key limitations of traditional web applications. Users can open separate windows for Pronto! functions, including IM, calendars, email, and voice, to configure the desktop that works for them. Pronto! 2.0 supports drag-and-drop operations for a more familiar and natural way to save and add attachments from email.

Media and entertainment also gets a big boost with Pronto! 2.0. With the latest H.264 and AAC codecs supporting HD Video capabilities in Adobe Flash Player 9 and AIR, Pronto! 2.0 delivers a powerful high-quality viewing experience over the Internet. Extending Flash Media Interactive Server 3 with CommuniGate Pro's advanced server APIs and plugins enables Pronto! to help network providers protect and deliver licensed content from a variety of providers to more consumers with a universal experience -- regardless of the platform.

"Pronto! 2.0 encompasses all forms of communications except smoke signals, and now we've included high-definition media and entertainment applications," adds Doyle. "Video on the Internet is becoming more important, and Pronto! opens up endless possibilities for multimedia applications. We're going to see Web 2.0 come to life in exciting ways this year."

Pronto! 2.0's modular framework enables broadband service providers to create customized Web 2.0 applications and unique entertainment applications, such as IPTV with integrated chat, community voting, and shopping carts. Nearly any type of web service can be tapped and brought into the Pronto! experience -- including movies, music and radio, rich web services, and access to databases and CRMs.

Pronto! is available today as an open and free service at where users can take Pronto! for a test drive. Additionally, an installable "Community" version is located at which allows free use of the CommuniGate Pro Server and Pronto! for five accounts or less, making it a smart choice for small businesses or the home office network. For installations over five users, the CommuniGate Pro full featured unified communications server is priced starting at US$899 for 25 users. ISPs, broadband and mobile operators can contact for pricing information.

About CommuniGate Systems

Founded in 1991 and based in Mill Valley, California, CommuniGate Systems develops carrier-class Unified Communications and media delivery software for broadband and mobile operators to deliver value-added services and SaaS solutions. CommuniGate Systems delivers powerful mashups of Unified Communications technology mixed with media and entertainment applications for portals, social networks, enterprises and mobile communities. CommuniGate Systems is revolutionizing the Unified Communications industry with a unique Flash-based client framework Pronto! bringing together all forms of communication and breaking the leash to the desktop with Web 2.0 mobility.

CommuniGate Systems is the first choice in technology solutions for over 12,000 customers with over 130 million subscribers unifying email, collaboration, IM, presence and VoIP with a single identity. The Unified Communications platform provides flexibility, performance, and scalability with benchmark proven architecture remaining unchallenged in the industry. Our technology powers OEM partner products ranging from embedded real time systems to powerful unified messaging platforms at top tier global network operators. The open development environment's simple APIs deliver extensible flexibility with a unique clustering technology for 99.999% uptime for the most demanding application environments.

The company is a trusted and financially stable vendor, maintaining the highest customer satisfaction levels in the Unified Communications industry with over 175 members in its partner network worldwide.

Adobe, Adobe AIR, Adobe Flash Player and Flex are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Adobe Systems Incorporated in the United States and/or other countries.

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