Menta Software and New Internet Computer Company (NIC) Enter Agreement To Provide Windows Application Access to $199 Linux Thin Clients

Feb 07, 2001, 00:00 ET from Menta Software, Inc.

    REDWOOD CITY, Calif., Feb. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Menta Software(R), a leading
 provider of software solutions for accessing Windows applications over
 Internet devices, and the New Internet Computer Company, founded by Oracle(R)
 CEO Larry Ellison, announced today a technology partnership giving customers a
 simple, affordable way to access Windows applications from a "New Internet
 Computer." The partnership will benefit schools, small businesses and other
 price-sensitive customers requiring fast and easy access to applications such
 as Word, Excel and PowerPoint, with minimal hassle.
     The two companies demonstrated the Linux-based, $199 NIC running Menta
 Software's WinToNet(R) server-based software last week at LinuxWorld
 Conference & Expo in New York.
     "We're always looking for ways to add even more functionality to our
 $199 Linux-based NIC," says Gina Smith, CEO of the San Francisco-based NIC.
 "With Menta Software's WinToNet, customers can buy the most affordable
 Internet client in the world and still have access to their current base of
 Windows software. When people see WinToNet running on the NIC, they are blown
     Based on Menta Software's "thin server" WinToNet package, the solution
 supports Java-based clients such as the NIC via a 56K modem or
 10/100 Ethernet. Menta Software and NIC are also engaged in joint marketing
 programs and sales incentives to respective customers.
     "Giving consumers affordable and easy access to Windows applications from
 their New Internet Computer is a very unique package that is not offered by
 anyone in the market today," said Mike Skelton, Menta Software's president and
 CEO. "We're excited to be working with NIC, and looking forward to the
 enormous opportunities this partnership will bring to both companies in the
 coming months."
     Menta Software's WinToNet utilizes Sun's Java Virtual Machine (JVM) to
 deliver Win32 applications to Linux, Solaris and Windows client platforms,
 making business-critical applications available to any user, anywhere. Desktop
 users can easily employ WinToNet with the simple click of a URL or Web page
 icon from a browser, enabling Windows desktop applications to run
 transparently from a Windows NT Server or NT Desktop. WinToNet does not
 require third party software, keeping complexity and cost at a minimum.
     About New Internet Computer Company
     Founded in January 2000, The New Internet Computer Company builds the New
 Internet Computer (NIC), bringing fast, affordable and functional Internet
 access to schools, consumers and business without the cost or complexity of a
 PC. Starting at $199, the NIC offers plug-and-play email and Internet access.
 The NIC Company is located at 781 Beach St., San Francisco, CA, 94109.
 Telephone:  415-345-4900. Fax:  415-441-1926. For more information on the NIC,
 visit The NIC Company's Website at or call the toll-free
 CONSUMER HOTLINE at 877-WANT-NIC (877-926-8642).
     About Menta Software
     Menta Software, Inc. delivers server-based software solutions designed for
 the next generation of thin client computing that provide the native interface
 of any Windows application to the Net, regardless of platform. Menta
 Software's WinToNet product enables ASPs, system integrators, open system
 solution providers and enterprises to reliably deploy business-critical
 Windows applications to users at any location, at the fraction of the cost of
 competing solutions. Menta Software is headquartered in Redwood City,
 California. For more information, visit, call
 (866)WINTONET (946-8668) or 650-482-5100 or email
     CONTACT:  Karin Walsh of Nadel Phelan, 831-440-2401, or, for Menta Software; or Lisa Altemus of Menta Software,
 650-482-9288, or

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