New Service Aims to Sync Data Between Multiple PCs

SAN FRANCISCO (04/05/2000) - FusionOne Inc. plans to announce a free Internet-based service on May 1 designed to helps users with multiple PCs synchronize data across all of their computers, company officials said here tonight.

To use the service, users download a small piece of software to each of their PCs which can detect when changes have been made to the content of an application, such as a calendar, email or a contact list. When a user syncs the data on a home PC with a PC at work, for example, just the changes made are transmitted across the Internet to the other PC, according to fusionOne spokesman Ralph Finelli.

If the other PC isn't switched on at the time -- which often it won't be -- the changes are stored on fusionOne's servers until it is switched on, Finelli said.

The service will also sync data between PCs and handheld computers and mobile phones, Finelli said. Just last week, fusionOne announced a partnership with Sweden's Nokia Corp. to explore technologies for using its service with Nokia's mobile phones, Finelli said.

FusionOne is in the final beta test of its service and plans to launch it for free in the U.S. on May 1. The company hopes to make money by also selling the service to businesses for corporate use.

Based in Los Gatos, California, FusionOne was founded in 1998 and is backed by funding from Nokia, 3Com Ventures and El Dorado Ventures, according to a company statement.

FusionOne can be contacted at +1-408-399-5620, and on the Web at http://www.fusionone.com/.

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