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IBM Launches New Wireless Software
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RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C — International Business Machines Corp. unveiled software on Tuesday that the computer maker said would make it easier to obtain information from the Internet using a wide variety of wireless devices and appliances.

IBM said its WebSphere Transcoding Publisher will make it possible to take current Web content, which primarily has been designed for personal computers, and deliver it in a format that can be used by smart phones, car-based Web browsers and personal digital assistants.

WebSphere customises the content to match the capabilities of the receiving device, which eliminates the need to rewrite applications.

The software will be available to run on operating systems such as Microsoft Windows 2000 and Windows NT, Linux, Solaris and AIX. It will be available in 10 languages beginning March 31, the company said.

IBM said it already has begun using the transcoding technology in real-time, interactive service for the computer reservation system and travel services company Sabre Holdings Corp. and Finnish mobile phone maker Nokia Group, which allows travelers to initiate flight changes and receive updates from airlines using a Nokia wireless phone.

On Monday Nokia and Internet services provider America Online Inc. said they plan to develop a version of AOL message software for use in Nokia phones.

IBM shares closed Monday at 104-7/16, down 1-3/16 on the New York Stock Exchange.

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