Absolute Helps Tech-Savvy North Carolina School District Navigate 'Perfect Storm' of K-12 Computing

    Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools uses Computrace to manage and
    protect computers for school children

    VANCOUVER, May 12 /CNW/ - Absolute(R) Software Corporation ("Absolute" or
the "Company") (TSX: ABT), the leading provider of firmware-based, patented,
computer theft recovery, data protection and IT asset management solutions
today announced that Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools is using
Computrace(R) to combat computer theft, reduce laptop management costs and
simplify inventorying processes for more than 25,000 school computers.
    According to Kevin Sherrill, Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools'
Director of Information Technology, "The job of managing computers for staff
and students in a large district really is the perfect storm. The need to be
accountable for IT spending in schools has never been more important while at
the same time, we're moving to highly-portable laptop computers that are
incredibly resource-intensive to inventory and administer. Regulatory
compliance is another factor for us. Absolute's Computrace technology uniquely
addresses these issues and really makes my job easier. We can remotely
inventory computers whenever we want, get a snapshot of the software installed
and do our best to stretch the working lives of laptops to the maximum. A
product like this is a must-have for districts that are using laptops to
extend the learning day."
    Formed in 1963 with the merger of the city and county school systems,
Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools serves about 51,000 students with the
goal of providing a quality education for each child. It is the fifth-largest
school system in North Carolina and one of the top 100 largest districts in
the United States. The school system has 40 elementary schools, 15 middle
schools and 11 high schools. Eight special schools bring the system-wide total
to 74.
    One of the district's unifying values is that all students and staff must
have access to emerging technology. True to this mission, the district makes
extensive use of laptop and desktop computers as well as RIM(R) BlackBerry(R)

    Calming the Perfect Storm: Laptop Management With Computrace

    Absolute's Computrace solutions address a K-12 school IT administrator's
top three headaches: knowing where computers are, making sure they're
performing and protecting them from theft. With the advanced reporting
provided by Absolute's products, district administrators can instantly
inventory computers and their hardware and software configuration regardless
of whether they are in the library or across the country with travelling
students and staff. Administrators can also ensure that computers remain in
top condition by detecting tampering, unauthorized software installations -
even receive alerts for out-of-date antivirus software.
    If a computer is stolen, the Absolute Theft Recovery Team can locate it
and lead police to thieves - reducing the criminal element that threatens
student safety. And, when it comes time for Winston-Salem/Forsyth County
Schools to call all 25,000 computers back at the end of the school year, IT
administrators can send a message to tardy students via Computrace asking them
to return the assigned computer.

    How Absolute's Computrace Solutions Work

    The Computrace Agent that powers Absolute Software's solutions is
embedded in the firmware of computers from the world's leading computer
manufacturers right at the factory or it can be installed by the customer.(*) It
is activated when customers purchase a subscription ranging in length from one
to four years.
    Embedded in the firmware of computers for extreme tamper-resistance,
Absolute's technology regularly communicates with the Absolute Monitoring
Center servers to report each computer's location and attributes. School
district IT administrators can access this detailed information 24 hours a
day, 7 days a week via a secure web-based portal called the Absolute Customer
    If a computer is stolen, the Absolute Theft Recovery Team can use
location information sent by the computer and forensically mine it using a
variety of procedures including key captures, registry scanning, file
scanning, geolocation, and other investigative techniques to determine who has
the computer and how it is being used. Absolute then works with local law
enforcement to help recover the computer.
    For more information on Absolute Software and its range of computer theft
recovery, data protection and IT asset management solutions, please visit
www.absolute.com or www.lojackforlaptops.com.

    (*) For a complete list of firmware-supported computers visit

    About Absolute Software

    Absolute Software Corporation (TSX: ABT) is the leader in computer theft
recovery, data protection and IT asset management solutions. Absolute Software
provides organizations and consumers with solutions in the areas of regulatory
compliance, data protection and theft recovery. The Company's Computrace(R)
software is embedded in the firmware of computers by global leaders, including
ASUS, Dell, Fujitsu, General Dynamics Itronix, HP, Lenovo, Motion, Panasonic
and Toshiba, and the Company has reselling partnerships with these OEMs and
others, including Apple. For more information about Absolute Software and
Computrace, visit www.absolute.com and http://blog.absolute.com.

    Forward-Looking Statements

    This press release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks
and uncertainties. These forward-looking statements relate to, among other
things, the expected performance of our services and products, and other
statements of intentions and plans contained in this press release that are
not historical fact. 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 general market conditions. In light of
the many risks and uncertainties you should understand that we cannot assure
you that the forward-looking statements contained in this press release will
be realized. Previous successes, timeliness or performance levels of
Absolute's products and services do not guarantee future successes, timeliness
or performance levels.

    (C)2009 Absolute Software Corporation. All rights reserved. Computrace
and Absolute are registered trademarks of Absolute Software Corporation.
LoJack is a registered trademark of LoJack Corporation, used under license by
Absolute Software Corporation. LoJack Corporation is not responsible for any
content herein. The trademarks RIM and BlackBerry are owned by Research In
Motion Limited and are registered in the United States and may be pending or
registered in other countries. All other trademarks are property of their
respective owners. Computrace U.S. patents No. 5,715,174, No. 5,764,892, No.
5,802,280, No. 5,896,497, No. 6,244,758, No. 6,269,392, No. 6,300,863, and No.
6,507,914. Canadian patents No. 2,284,806 and No. 2,205,370. U.K. patents No.
EP793823 and No. GB2338101. German patent No. 695 125 34.6-08. Australian
patent No. 699045. Japanese patent No. JP4067035.

    The Toronto Stock Exchange has neither approved nor disapproved of the
    information contained in this news release.

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(416) 815-0700 x237

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