New Droplets 2.2 Extends Next-Generation User Interface Capabilities from Legacy Systems to Wireless Devices

New platform features deliver the first Universal User Interface capability by extending rich GUIs, from any data source, to devices and desktops, over thin bandwidth connections

NEW YORK, February 4, 2002- Droplet, Inc. ("Droplets") today announced the availability of the Droplets User Interface Server™ 2.2 and Software Development Kit. The newest release of Droplets' flagship application platform and development tools adds new real-time alerting capabilities, wireless device compatibility and enhanced APIs for complex charting.

Droplets enables an enterprise to build, deploy and use Net-native applications that are nearly indistinguishable from desktop software in functionality, as easy to distribute as Web pages, and maintain all application code on the server. Droplets gives enterprises a Universal User Interface™ to internal and externally-deployed applications by providing global access to a variety of back-end systems and data resources, from a variety of end-user devices, through a rich user interface layer.

Droplets 2.2 Features include:

Support for Wireless Devices
Droplets has partnered with Chelmsford, MA-based SavaJe Technologies to enable deployment of the Droplets client player to SavaJe XE, the world's first mobile operating system to support the full Java(TM) 2 Platform, Standard Edition (J2SE). "The combination of Droplets with the SavaJe XE Java platform extends the rich interface and high speed responsiveness of the Droplets platform to handheld and wireless devices for the first time," says Matthew Catino, SavaJe Technologies' vice president of business development. "This gives enterprises, ISVs, and ASPs unprecedented ability to deploy their applications to their mobile customers and workforce."

Net-Enabling Legacy Systems
Droplets allows rich GUI applications to be distributed throughout an enterprise and beyond the firewall without deploying driver code to clients or opening new ports back to the server. The Droplets architecture allows developers to program in a single language (currently Java or C++), radically simplifying development and deployment versus Web-based approaches, which involve creating server-side scripts, to generate client-side scripts, which generate HTML. Droplets 2.2 leverages mature tools and components available to Java and C++ developers to integrate directly with back-end systems through native drivers, middleware API's, or Web Service interfaces.

Enhanced Dripline™ alerting capability
Droplets can alert end-users to events such as the receipt of a message, a change in inventory status, or the posting of a new high bid on an online auction watcher, even when the application is closed, using the Dripline real time alert feature. With Droplets 2.2, alerts can be presented in audio, as an icon in the system tray, and now, stand-alone pop-up windows, from which users can launch the application.

UNIX Support and New Application Programming Interfaces (APIs)
UNIX Support and New Application Programming Interfaces (APIs)

Solutions provider partner, MEC Technologies, has recently been licensed and trained to provide online applications with the Droplets platform. "Droplets allows us to develop powerful solutions in a fraction of the time it takes through traditional methods, " said Somnath Banerjee, CEO of MEC Technologies. "We see endless possibilities with Droplets for our clients."

"We have taken Droplets a step further by enabling applications that are truly accessible from anywhere, on any device, without sacrificing the user interface," said Philip Brittan, CEO of Droplets. "Droplets 2.2 is a direct response to customers who need to deploy new, rich services and tools to their user base without having to rip apart their infrastructure or learn new, unfamiliar development tools."

Droplets User Interface Server 2.2 is scheduled to be generally available for trial evaluation on February 11. The Droplets Software Development Kit is available for download today from For more information, contact a Droplets sales representative at 1 866.376.7538.

About MEC Technologies
MEC Technologies, the leader in Secure Web Infrastructure Services is a systems integrator which pioneered solutions in web-based applications, web services, and X-Internet application development that have helped our customers automate, create new revenue opportunities, generate measurable return on investment, and foster collaborative relationships with customers, partners, vendors, and employees. Founded in 2000, the company has provided consulting, development and implementation services for several Fortune 500 companies. For more information, visit

About SavaJe Technologies
SavaJe Technologies has developed the world's first operating system that supports a full Java 2 Platform, Standard Edition for information appliances - smart phones, PDAs, set-top boxes, web-pads, game consoles and internet appliances - a market which is expected to grow from 34.8 million units today to over 100 million by 2004. SavaJe is a privately held company headquartered in Massachusetts, with offices in Chicago IL, Seattle WA, and Cambridge, UK. For more information call +1-978-251-2901 or visit

About Droplets
Founded in May 2000 and headquartered in New York City, Droplet, Inc. ("Droplets") provides an application platform and standards-based Java and C++ development tools for deploying highly interactive, real-time applications. The Droplets platform provides the full GUI capabilities of fat client software, directly from the desktop or through a Web browser, while maintaining all application code on your servers. Droplets provides significant bandwidth savings over Web-based applications, while increasing end-user productivity, customer intimacy and partner loyalty. Strategic partners include Borland, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and Sun Microsystems. Visit

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