Microsoft and Telxon Announce New Developer Initiative As Part of Next-Generation Wireless Mobile Computers Terminals Powered by Windows CE

DENVER, Oct. 19, 1998 — Microsoft Corp. and Telxon Corp. announced today, at the RISCON ’98 Conference in Denver, a Microsoft® Windows® CE development initiative for Telxon value added resellers (VARs) and independent software vendors (ISVs).

In answer to growing support for the Microsoft Windows CE embedded operating system, the initiative supports Telxon’s PTC1124 II platform and its next-generation modular, multimode family of wireless mobile computers.

Telxon and Microsoft will offer Windows CE toolkit for Visual C++® , Windows CE toolkit for Visual J++
™and Windows CE toolkit for Visual Basic® at no cost to participating Telxon VARs and ISVs at Telxon’s Windows CE Developers Conference in early 1999.

“Telxon customers develop programs for wireless solutions in several different programming languages. The key languages going forward are Visual Basic, C++ and Java. With these requirements, investigation into the embedded operating systems marketplace confirms Windows CE as the platform of choice,”
said Dave Loadman, Telxon’s chief technology officer.
“We chose Windows CE because of our long-standing commitment to Microsoft, the broad industry and developer support for Win32® and development tools, and Microsoft support of Windows CE.”

Along with the new developers initiative, Telxon and Microsoft have signed a formal agreement to cooperate on future business development, design reviews and marketing opportunities. Telxon will be a key participant in an upcoming Windows CE 3.0 design review in November as well as future design and product reviews supporting Telxon’s wireless LAN telephony offerings.

Telxon’s pioneering work with Microsoft in the mid-1980s resulted in embedded
MS-DOS® -based solutions for wireless mobile computers that helped transform the way information is gathered and communicated in manufacturing, warehousing, and distribution and retailing,”
said Frank Brick, president and CEO of Telxon.
“Applying the Microsoft and Telxon success formula to advancing the penetration of the Windows CE platform in present and emerging markets will once again enable customers to expand the applications and performance of wireless mobile information systems.”

“Leading organizations want to connect individuals with enterprise solutions using various mobile devices,”
said Steve Ballmer, president of Microsoft.
“Telxon’s vast expertise in embedded handheld devices and its extensive number of knowledgeable value added resellers will enable many exciting new solutions using Windows CE handheld wireless terminals.”

About Telxon

Telxon Corp. (Nasdaq
) is a leading global designer and manufacturer of wireless and mobile information systems for vertical markets. The company integrates advanced mobile computing and wireless-data communication technology with a wide array of peripherals, application-specific software and global customer services for its customers in more than 60 countries around the world. Telxon’s global Web site is located at .

About Microsoft

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq
) is the worldwide leader in software for personal computers. The company offers a wide range of products and services for business and personal use, each designed with the mission of making it easier and more enjoyable for people to take advantage of the full power of personal computing every day.

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