Access announced that its NetFront v3.1 browser software for Microsoft Windows Mobile 2003 for Pocket PC. The software will be available this December 2003 from Handango.com. Also available will be versions to support Pocket PC 2002, including support for Pocket PC Phone Edition and for the original Pocket PC operating system, as well as free trial versions and distinct versions with Java support. Limited time discounts will be available for all of the newly available versions of NetFront.
"Windows Mobile is growing fast, and we’re happy to complement its increasing popularity by releasing a Windows Mobile version of our NetFront browser," said Toru Arakawa, president and CEO of ACCESS. "We’ve built special capabilities into NetFront for Windows Mobile, such as Smart-Fit Rendering and multi-window browsing, to give users a better mobile Internet browsing experience than is currently available on their platform."
NetFront v3.1 is the latest version of the most widely deployed and actively used embedded Web browser in the world. NetFront recently surpassed 100 million deployments globally and was selected as a "Best Software Awards 2003" finalist by Pocket PC Magazine. NetFront supports a wider range of operating systems than any competing browser. In addition to Pocket PC, Access provides NetFront solutions for Palm OS, Symbian OS, Linux OS, and mobile handset environments like BREW.
NetFront v3.1 brings many innovations like Smart-Fit Rendering, a technology that renders Web pages to fit the screen widths of mobile devices, eliminating the need for horizontal scrolling. NetFront v3.1 also includes new functions such as Auto-Cruise scheduling, Google and Yahoo! Internet search bars, ActiveX and multimedia plug-in support, in addition to features specifically designed for PDAs, such as multi-window browsing, drag-scrolling, and off-line browsing.