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September 22, 1998

ORACLE OFFERS LITE VERSION OF ORACLE8i

By CBR Staff Writer

Perhaps trying to steal some of Sybase Inc’s thunder – see separate story -Oracle Corp has introduced a new 3.5 version of its Oracle Lite database for notebooks and other mobile computers that mirrors the new functionality of its Oracle8i release last week. Oracle, which describes 3.5 as a microcosm of Oracle8i says the cut-down database is now also supported on Windows CE and can replicate Oracle Lite information to Palm Pilot devices (CI No 3,431). Oracle is using Puma Technology’s Intellisync software to synchronize its Mobile Sales and Marketing applications based on Oracle Lite with native Pal Pilot applications. Like Oracle 8I, it can open multiple file types in a browser Window that is booted from a web server within the database itself. Mobile users do not have to be online to see files in this way, and Oracle Lite 3.5 will use local Java resources on Windows CE and where they exist for Palm Pilot. Oracle Lite runs in 750Kb. Oracle says its Lite database is suited for embedded applications and claims to be in discussions with a company developing a kiosk solution around it. Oracle Lite 3.5 costs $300 for developers and $100 per runtime.

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