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SonicAir™ provides transparent wireless infrastructure for guaranteed, reliable delivery of business-critical
data across all network environments



SLOUGH, 16 August 2001 – Progress Software has announced that SonicMQ™, the leading E-Business Messaging
Server, is to be delivered in the UK with a wireless messaging infrastructure. SonicAir is the first and only
reliable cross-network infrastructure to seamlessly enable transitions from connected to wireless networks,
across multiple wireless providers.


Progress subsidiary, Sonic Software, designs and develops SonicMQ in the USA. In Europe, SonicMQ is
distributed exclusively by the Progress Company.


“Adding wireless capability is a logical next step for SonicMQ,” said Greg O’Connor, president of Sonic
Software. “This cross-network infrastructure provides the backbone for extending SonicMQ’s reliable delivery
capabilities into the wireless arena. SonicAir is the first messaging software to deliver a seamless,
multi-protocol, ‘roamable’ service, providing the perfect operating environment for the exchange of
information between any platform or device.”


SonicAir supports multiple wireless protocols including 802.11 B, Cellular Digital Packet Data (CDPD), Motient
(DataTac) and Bell South Wireless Data (Mobitex). As a result of this multi-protocol support, SonicAir
maximises communication throughput by dynamically selecting the best available protocol for message delivery.
Utilising SonicMQ’s Dynamic Routing Architecture™ (DRA), SonicAir allows distributed applications to be
developed and deployed without regard for connection type or network topology. SonicAir delivers a reliable
and secure exchange of business-critical information among distributed applications, users and businesses by
leveraging current and emerging connectionless communication services and networks. Its modular design
supports established and emerging protocols, transparently providing protocol independence to application
developers.


When bringing handheld and mobile devices into the extended enterprise, it is advantageous to utilise a single
infrastructure that allows for the integration of these devices. By combining wireless services with the
proven messaging capabilities of SonicMQ, SonicAir delivers seamless end-to-end data connectivity within
complex multi-network communication environments. SonicAir is expected to be commercially available in
September.


SonicMQ represents a major advance over previous generations of messaging products and is widely recognised as
the leader in e-business messaging. It natively supports internet standards and is based on the Java™ Message
Service (JMS) specification, which provides a common set of interfaces, messaging concepts and programming
strategies. SonicMQ has been chosen by many leading e-commerce companies and has won numerous awards,
including Java Pro Magazine’s Readers Choice Award for Best Java Messaging Tool, Best Java Middleware from
attendees at the SIGS Conference for Java Development, and a World Class Award from Java Developer's Journal.


About The Progress Company

The Progress Company is a global supplier of software technology and services for developing, deploying,
integrating and managing e-business solutions. The company provides a comprehensive suite of products that
includes application development tools, application servers, messaging servers, and the industry's most widely
used, lowest-cost-of-ownership embedded database. The Progress Company’s partners include more than 2,000
independent software vendors (ISVs) and application service providers (ASPs) who supply annually over $5
billion in Progress®-based applications and related services. Over 40,000 organisations across more than 100
countries - including 70% of the Fortune 100 - rely on Progress-based applications. The Progress Company, an
operating company of Progress Software Corporation (NASDAQ: PRGS), and can be reached in the UK on 01753
216300 on the Web at http://www.progress.com



About Sonic Software

Sonic Software Corporation is an independent operating company of Progress Software Corporation (NASDAQ:
PRGS). Headquartered in Bedford, MA, Sonic Software can be reached on the Web at http://www.sonicsoftware.com


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Progress is a registered trademarks of Progress Software Corporation. SonicMQ, SonicAir and Dynamic Routing
Architecture are trademarks of Sonic Software Corporation in the US and other countries. Java and all
Java-based trademarks and logos are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc, in the US or
other countries. All other trademarks and/or servicemarks contained herein are the property of their
respective owners.


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