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- Providing Collaborative Computing through Netstore's Exchange 2000 and
On-Line Backup ASP Services -


Digica has entered a new business arrangement with leading European
Application Service Provider Netstore, to provide Microsoft Exchange
2000 and On-Line Backup via ASP.

As a Netstore Premier Partner, Digica is now able to provide on-line
access to Microsoft Exchange 2000 and Netstore's On-Line Backup via an
ASP rental model. The software will be hosted by Netstore at their
secure data centres in Bracknell and linked to the web with a resilient
communication line. Users access the Netstore server system via a web
browser or in the case of an MS Outlook 2000 client, via an Internet
link provided by an ISP. For the user, the functionality is exactly the
same as having the software running in-house.

Digica will provide implementation support for Microsoft Exchange 2000
as well as ongoing end user support and administration. Where
appropriate, Digica will also provide seamless migration from an
existing email system, whether that is an alternative system or a
previous version of MS Exchange. The existing software can be run
alongside Exchange 2000 with a link between the two packages until
migration is complete. The implementation or migration may include
project management, migration of the existing mail system data, Client
PC software installation, configuration and user training.

Because Netstore's offerings are Internet-enabled, email users are not
limited to one PC, or even one building, when they need to send and
receive email or backup their computers. The service also comes with
automatic updates to the latest software releases, as well as Service
Level Agreements, which guarantee uptime and reliability - all with
visible and scalable cost of ownership through the simple subscription
model.

"Netstore understands that there's more to ASP than just delivering the
software to the user's PC", said Andy Bower, Digica's sales & marketing
director. "Successful ASP requires implementation into the customer's
environment and on-going applications support for the end user - both of
which are core business for Digica."

Commenting on the new relationship with Digica, Alison Heath, UK sales
director, Netstore, said, "Digica is an ideal partner for Netstore.
Their reputation and market presence combined with their understanding
of, and commitment to, the ASP model, will provide continuous support
for Netstore's end users, allowing us to focus our activities on hosting
and developing our offerings . Netstore's relationships with channel
partners, such as Digica enable resellers to offer ASP services without
fear of losing control of the end user relationship."

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About Digica
Digica is a leading specialist in midrange and desktop outsourcing,
providing a range of services tailored to meet its customers' demands.
These services include Midrange Operations, Desktop Management,
Applications Management, Web Hosting and System Sales. Digica employs
more than 300 people at locations in the UK, USA and Belgium, and
supports 63,000 end users at more than 500 customers, 24 hours-a-day,
every day of the year. Digica's customers include Bradford & Bingley
Building Society, Capespan, Carat, ChiRex Inc, Cray Valley, Crazy
George's, Dairy Crest, Dow Jones & Company, DTS Logistics, Express
Dairies, Fisher Foods, Freshbake Foods, Hexcel Corp, Hodgson Chemicals,
International Supply Chain (ISC), The Jacobs Bakery, Logtek, the New
York Times, Northern Foods, Phillips-Van Heusen, Poly-Lina, Sanden
International, SKF, Tibbett & Britten, Tinsley Wire, Tradeteam and
Yorkshire Electricity.

For further information on Digica, please contact Katherine Tomkinson on
0115 977 1177 or visit www.digica.com

About Netstore
Founded in 1996, Netstore is Europe's leading Application Service
Provider ('ASP') and is one of the first Microsoft Certified ASP
Partners in the world. Netstore was the first ASP to achieve a London
Stock Exchange listing on April 19th 2000 raising £40 million.

Netstore is a packaged-ASP delivering software application to the SME
market on a one-to-many basis (a central infrastructure shared between
many users across many customers) as opposed to a consultancy-ASP
delivering applications to large enterprises on a more traditional,
one-to-one outsourced basis. Netstore delivers its services on a fixed
price, per user, per month basis via the Internet providing businesses
with the flexibility to access the software and support services
required on a subscription basis.

Netstore currently delivers fully scalable, reliable and secure services
including Microsoft Exchange 2000, mobile access to Exchange 2000
(MAX2000) and Netstore On-line Backup and Netstore iRoam to over 23,000
business users.

Netstore is headquartered in Bracknell, UK, with offices in Manchester
and Paris.

For more information, visit Netstore at http://www.netstore.net

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