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