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HP and RIM to Bring Wireless Printing to Mobile Workers
BlackBerry Users to Gain Convenience of Wireless Printing to HP Printers
PALO ALTO, Calif., and WATERLOO, Ontario, Sept. 11, 2001
Hewlett-Packard Company (NYSE:HWP) and Research In Motion Limited (RIM) (Nasdaq:RIMM)(TSE:RIM) today announced plans to jointly develop mobile printing applications for RIM's BlackBerry™ wireless e-mail solution and HP printers.
The initial application, called the HP Mobile Enterprise Printing application and expected to be available in early 2002, will enable customers using BlackBerry Wireless Handhelds to print e-mails and e-mail attachments on network printers located within their businesses' intranet while they are away from their desk or office.
Companies that broadly deploy the HP Mobile Enterprise Printing application can increase the productivity of their mobile employees by making it easier for them to work with information while leveraging their existing wireless e-mail and document environments.
According to the Yankee Group, by 2003 approximately 50 percent of businesses will have implemented wireless data solutions as wireless vendors fulfill the promise of offering high-value, comprehensive wireless solutions(1).
"HP shares with RIM a vision of a world in which businesses and individuals can easily access and print information via an always-on Internet infrastructure," said George Mulhern, vice president and general manager of connectivity, HP Imaging and Printing Systems. "Today we are taking a giant step forward in providing customers with the means to more effectively use the information they receive, wherever they are."
"HP and RIM are committed to creating wireless printing solutions that extend the functionality of the BlackBerry Wireless Handheld," said Mike Lazaridis, president and co-chief executive officer, Research In Motion. "The combination of BlackBerry's always-on wireless data and the HP Mobile Enterprise Printing application creates a powerful tool that will help mobile professionals fully use the information they receive while away from their desks."
HP and RIM will be demonstrating the HP Mobile Enterprise Printing application in the RIM booth no. 2231 during the Cellular Telecommunications and Internet Association (CTIA) Wireless IT and Internet conference from Sept. 11-13 in San Diego.
About HP Mobile Enterprise Printing
The HP Mobile Enterprise Printing application is a key component of HP's strategy to enhance the productivity of wirelessly connected mobile professionals.
The HP Mobile Enterprise Printing application is intended to help improve the productivity of mobile users by increasing the readability of long e-mails, allowing users to read e-mail attachments and providing access to hard copies while on the go. It will support printing of the most popular e-mail attachment formats, including Microsoft® Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files, Adobe® PDF files and JPEG images. The HP Mobile Enterprise Printing application leverages the BlackBerry end-to-end security model.
Over 10,000 organizations across North America, with expansion beginning in Europe, have implemented the BlackBerry solution. Key features of the BlackBerry wireless e-mail solution:
For more information on BlackBerry, visit http://www.blackberry.net.
About Research In Motion
Research In Motion Limited is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of innovative wireless solutions for the mobile communications market. Through development and integration of hardware, software and services, RIM provides solutions for seamless access to time-sensitive information including e-mail, messaging, Internet and intranet-based applications. RIM technology also enables a broad array of third party developers and manufacturers around the world to enhance their products and services with wireless connectivity. RIM's portfolio of award-winning products includes the RIM Wireless Handheld product line, the BlackBerry wireless e-mail solution, embedded radio-modems and software development tools. Founded in 1984 and based in Waterloo, Ontario, RIM operates offices in Canada, the United States and England. RIM is listed on the Nasdaq Stock Market (Nasdaq:RIMM) and the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSE:RIM). For more information, visit http://www.rim.net. Investors may contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Customers may contact email@example.com.
Hewlett-Packard Company -- a leading global provider of computing and imaging solutions and services -- is focused on making technology and its benefits accessible to all. HP had total revenue from continuing operations of $48.8 billion in its 2000 fiscal year. Information about HP and its products can be found on the World Wide Web at http://www.hp.com.
(1) Yankee Group, "Wireless Connectivity to the Enterprise: 2001 Survey Analysis," March 2001.
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