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Microsoft to Acquire FrontBridge Technologies

December 22nd, 2005

Following right of Microsoft’s purchase of nonexclusive rights to Finjan’s source code, Microsoft announced its intention to acquire FrontBridge Technologies, a company specializing in providing secure managed messaging solutions and services.

Considered by many to be the most mature set of managed services for e-mail on the market today, FrontBridge currently serves more than 3,100 businesses world wide. Its technologies are available through the managed service industry’s largest distribution partner network.

The move allows Microsoft to provide a comprehensive suite of managed services for customers to help ensure the security, compliance and availability of all electronic messages. The acquisition represents a milestone for Microsoft in an ongoing commitment to listen and respond to its customers messaging needs.

“We wanted to provide customers with more choices in their efforts to secure corporate e-mail systems and meet the array of today’s regulatory compliance requirements,” said David Thompson, Corporate Vice President, Microsoft Exchange Server Product Group.

“By acquiring FrontBridge, Microsoft can help customers ensure the security, compliance and continuity of their messaging infrastructure in a cost effective manner. Customers can get out of the business of being anti-virus or spam experts and instead spend their time on IT initiatives that move their businesses forward.”

“This relationship is absolutely great for our customers and the development of our technology. Combining the FrontBridge services and staff with Microsoft’s growing Exchange Server business presents an incredible opportunity for us to design and build better services that will help our customers effectively manage an increasingly complex messaging infrastructure,” said Steve Jillings, President and CEO, FrontBridge Technologies Inc.

“E-mail as a mission-critical application and the primary form of business communication, comes with an unfortunate downside. It introduces unprecedented security, compliance and disaster recovery risks. Managing these risks is not a core competence area for most organizations, and we’ve provided assistance to customers by enabling these tasks to be offloaded to trusted services.”

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