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New York, NY, June 29, 1999  -- Crescent Deviceware, Inc. today announced that it has licensed DataChannel RIO™ from DataChannel, Inc. to extend the Enterprise Information Portal (EIP) to wireless devices.  Crescent's next-generation wireless server, codename Blue Moon, will leverage industry-standard eXtensible Markup Language (XML) in conjunction with RIO to facilitate access to enterprise data resources.  It builds on the company's first wireless product, SmartFinder™, a microsearch engine optimized for searching desktop or corporate data using wireless devices.

"Crescent Deviceware selected DataChannel RIO because it provides a common infrastructure to access corporate data," said Beth Gilbrech, CEO of Crescent Deviceware, Inc.  "Blue Moon will free users to access any application or data, whenever and wherever they need it.  We are pleased to be working with DataChannel, a leader in XML-powered EIP solutions, to provide wireless enterprise connectivity."

Crescent will offer advanced wireless communication capabilities through the DataChannel RIO 3.2 platform to address the rapidly growing market for mobile information appliances, including smart phones, pagers and PDAs.  The company is developing wireless solutions that are based on the Wireless Application Protocol (WAP).  WAP is the de facto standard for providing Internet communications and advanced telephony services on digital mobile phones, pagers, PDAs and other wireless terminals.

Under the OEM agreement, Crescent will integrate RIO with its products to provide publishing, entitlement, notification, organization and
personalized delivery of content to wireless devices via a browser-type interface. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

"Enterprise customers want wireless access to enterprise information any time, any place, from virtually any mobile device," said Dave Pool, CEO of DataChannel, Inc.  "By adopting the use of XML and combining the strengths of RIO with Crescent's expertise in software development for wireless devices, the demands of wireless EIP connectivity will be met.  We are delighted to be working with Crescent to meet these demands."

Crescent Deviceware Inc., based in New York City, is a leading-edge developer of wireless applications.  The company specializes in leveraging and extending corporate IT infrastructures via digital appliances.  Its first wireless information access product, SmartFinder™, was introduced last year and is currently being marketed to device manufacturers as well as service, platform and tool providers.  Founded in 1997, Crescent Deviceware is privately held.  For more information, visit http://www.crescentware.com.

Privately held and founded in 1996, DataChannel, Inc. is an Enterprise Solutions company offering XML-based Information Management solutions and services.  DataChannel's offerings unleash the power of Enterprise Information Portals, which facilitate the way companies share information with employees, vendors, customers and consumers across Intranets, Extranets and the Internet.  These solutions are offered through DataChannel's XMLFramework™, an extensive portfolio of software and services designed to capitalize on the Information Economy through the use of XML.  It includes DataChannel RIO, solution software that connects users of the portal to relevant information sources. To learn more, visit the company's Web site at http://www.datachannel.com, or write info@datachannel.com.

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Strauss Global Public Relations
George Strauss
Phone: 212-766-1113

Crescent Deviceware
Beth Gilbrech
Phone: 212-941-4085

Sally Anderson
Phone: 425-462-1999


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