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 away." 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 www.thinknic.com 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 www.mentasoftware.com, call (866)WINTONET (946-8668) or 650-482-5100 or email email@example.com. CONTACT: Karin Walsh of Nadel Phelan, 831-440-2401, or firstname.lastname@example.org, for Menta Software; or Lisa Altemus of Menta Software, 650-482-9288, or email@example.com
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