Sierra Wireless devices certified "Compatible with Windows 7"



    
    First Sierra Wireless devices pass certification in advance of Windows 7
    launch, paving the way for a better mobile broadband customer experience
    

    VANCOUVER, Aug. 11 /CNW/ - Sierra Wireless (NASDAQ:   SWIR - TSX: SW) today
announced a milestone in the company's efforts to simplify the way customers
connect with mobile broadband networks. The Sierra Wireless AirCard(R) 402
2-in-1 data card, Compass 885 and USB 598 modems, and MC5728 and MC5728V
embedded modules have passed Microsoft Corp. certification tests for
compatibility and reliability with Windows 7 mobile broadband and can
officially be designated "Compatible with Windows 7." Testing of other devices
in the Sierra Wireless product portfolio is underway and complete Windows 7
compatibility information will be updated regularly at
www.sierrawireless.com/windows7.
    Windows 7 mobile broadband is the result of years of in-depth listening
to customers and their desire for faster, easier access to mobile broadband
networks. The resulting functionality enables customers to open a mobile
broadband network connection through the "View Available Networks" menu - the
same interface they are accustomed to using for their WiFi and VPN
connections.
    The Compass 885 with Windows 7 mobile broadband support was first
demonstrated at Windows Hardware Engineering Conference 2008 and has been
showcased to PC OEMs, enterprises and operators around the world. Windows 7
users can plug in a Sierra Wireless Compass 885 or an AT&T USBConnect Mercury
and Windows Update will download the necessary software to upgrade to the
Windows 7 mobile broadband experience. Sierra Wireless plans to replicate this
model for all logo-approved devices in the field, and expects to apply a
similar model for devices only able to support traditional Windows 7
connection managers, including Sierra Wireless Watcher(TM). For details and
rollout plans, please visit www.sierrawireless.com/windows7.
    "The Windows 7 logo is a key initiative for Sierra Wireless, because we
understand how important it will be to our customers," said Jim Kirkpatrick,
chief technology officer for Sierra Wireless. "Integration with Windows 7
mobile broadband provides customers with a simple mobile broadband connection
experience integrated with their other networking alternatives. It's the
culmination of a great deal of effort on the part of both the Microsoft and
the Sierra Wireless teams, who share a commitment to making everyday mobile
computing tasks faster and easier."

    About Sierra Wireless

    Sierra Wireless (NASDAQ:   SWIR - TSX: SW) products connect people and
machines to wireless networks around the world. We offer an advanced,
comprehensive product line, addressing consumer, enterprise, original
equipment manufacturer, and specialized vertical industry markets. We also
offer a wide range of professional and operated services. Our solutions are
used for mobile computing, transportation, industrial M2M
(machine-to-machine), enterprise, residential and consumer communications
applications. For more information about Sierra Wireless, visit
www.sierrawireless.com.
    "AirCard" is a registered trademark of Sierra Wireless. "Watcher" is a
trademark of Sierra Wireless. Other product or service names mentioned herein
may be the trademarks of their respective owners.

    Forward Looking Statements

    This press release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks
and uncertainties. These forward-looking statements relate to, among other
things, plans and timing for the introduction or enhancement of our services
and products, statements about future market conditions, supply conditions,
channel and end customer demand conditions, revenues, gross margins, operating
expenses, profits, and other expectations, intentions, and plans contained in
this press release that are not historical fact. Our expectations regarding
future revenues and earnings depend in part upon our ability to successfully
develop, manufacture, and supply products that we do not produce today and
that meet defined specifications. When used in this press release, the words
"plan", "expect", "believe", and similar expressions generally identify
forward-looking statements. These statements reflect our current expectations.
They are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, including, but not
limited to, changes in technology and changes in the wireless data
communications market. In light of the many risks and uncertainties
surrounding the wireless data communications market, you should understand
that we cannot assure you that the forward-looking statements contained in
this press release will be realized.

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For further information:

For further information: Sharlene Myers, Sierra Wireless, Phone: (604)
232-1445, Email: smyers@sierrawireless.com

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