Symbol Technologies And Microsoft Announce Rugged Enterprise PDA With Microsoft Windows Mobile 2003 Software For Pocket PCs

HOLTSVILLE, N.Y. and Redmond, Wash., June 23, 2003 —
Symbol Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: SBL), a global leader in enterprise mobility solutions, today announced a new version of the award-winning Symbol PPT 8800 Series industrial PDA with Windows Mobile 2003 software for Pocket PCs. The Symbol PPT 8800 Series, which in its Windows( CE embodiment was named product of the Year 2002 by PlanetPDA magazine, will now bring the mobility-centric features of the Microsoft®
) Windows Mobile 2003 software for Pocket PCs to Symbol customers.

The Symbol PPT 8800 with Windows Mobile 2003 software will be available in the third quarter of 2003.

Designed especially for mobile workers and managers within the corporate enterprise who require immediate access to information at the point of activity, the Symbol PPT 8800 Series packs the power of best-in-class data capture and wireless communication options in a slim but rugged PDA-format device. As a Microsoft Windows Mobile 2003 launch partner, Symbol will now offer all the value-added features of this latest Microsoft software in a package that is powerful enough to execute mission-critical business applications, yet small and lightweight enough to be carried unobtrusively in a pocket or on the hip.

“Symbol’s corporate customers look to us for application-specific PDA solutions that increase the productivity of their associates by extending the reach of their investment in mobile IT resources,”
said Harry B. Lerner, vice president and general manager of Symbol’s PDA Business Unit.
“The Symbol PPT 8800 Series loaded with Microsoft Windows Mobile 2003 software for Pocket PCs and Symbol’s leading edge technology is an ideal solution for such customers.”

“Windows Mobile 2003 software for Pocket PCs brings considerable value to the proposition of a wireless PDA device as a powerful enterprise tool,”
said Juha Christensen, corporate vice president, Microsoft Mobile Devices Division.
“When you combine this value with the robust data capture and wireless LAN technologies of Symbol Technologies, the result is a solution that will contribute significantly to enterprise customers’ bottom line.”

The Symbol PPT 8800 Series’ combination of power and compact form makes it ideal for a number of vertical markets including retail, healthcare, field automation, and parcel and post. The Symbol PPT 8800 Series is supported by software, peripherals, accessories and services that deliver true mobility and premium performance data management. For more information about the Symbol PPT 8800 Series industrial PDA, visit the Symbol Web site .

About Symbol

Symbol Technologies, Inc. (NYSE:SBL) delivers enterprise mobility solutions that enable anywhere, anytime data and voice communication designed to increase productivity, reduce costs and realize competitive advantage. Symbol systems and services integrate rugged mobile computing, advanced data capture and wireless networking for the world’s leading retailers, transportation and logistics companies and manufacturers as well as government agencies and providers of healthcare, hospitality and security. More information is available at

About Microsoft

Founded in 1975, Microsoft is the worldwide leader in software, services and Internet technologies for personal and business computing. The company offers a wide range of products and services designed to empower people through great software — any time, any place and on any device.


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