Tripod Data Systems Named as a Microsoft Windows Mobile 2003 Launch Partner, Working with Microsoft to Deliver Next-Generation Products to Users

Corvallis, Ore. and Redmond, Wash., June 23, 2003 — Tripod Data Systems (TDS) announced today that it plans to incorporate Microsoft®
Windows Mobile 2003 Software for Pocket PCs into its line of rugged handheld computers.

TDS, a wholly owned subsidiary of Trimble (NASDAQ:TRMB), designs and manufactures rugged handheld computers for extreme outdoor and industrial environments in the land surveying, mapping, forestry, utility, machine control, public safety and military markets. TDS will take advantage of Windows Mobile 2003 Software to increase capabilities and maintain state-of-the-art technology in its products.

“TDS has a philosophy of continuous product improvement,”
said TDS President Dave Scribner.
“Our strategic relationship with Microsoft to launch Windows Mobile 2003 Software is another step forward in that philosophy. Windows Mobile 2003 Software will bring enhancements in both performance and function to our great rugged handheld products. It will make for a better operating experience for our users, with new applications and features that make their work easier and more efficient.”

“TDS brings additional value to Windows Mobile by providing users with extremely rugged handheld computers that are able to withstand even the harshest environments,”
said Juha Christensen, corporate vice president of the Mobile Devices Division at Microsoft.
“The combination of Windows Mobile next-generation software and TDS handhelds will offer users more in-the-field performance than they’ve ever had.”

About Tripod Data Systems

Tripod Data Systems (TDS) designs and manufactures rugged handheld computers based on the Windows CE operating system and is a Microsoft Windows Embedded Partner. These tough mobile computing devices are designed for extreme outdoor and industrial environments in the land surveying, mapping, forestry, utility, machine control, public safety and military markets. The rugged TDS Ranger was the first handheld computer based on the Windows CE operating system to meet military specifications for drop, vibration, immersion and both high- and low-temperature operation.

TDS is a wholly owned subsidiary of Trimble (NASDAQ: TRMB). The company is headquartered in Corvallis, Ore., and was founded in 1987. For more information about TDS, visit http://www.tdsway.com/handhelds, e-mail handhelds@tdsway.com or call 541-752-9000.

About Microsoft

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) 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.

Tripod Data Systems is a trademark of Tripod Data Systems. Microsoft and Windows are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corp. in the United States and/or other countries. Other product or service names mentioned herein are the trademarks of their respective owners.

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