Press Releases

Press Releases


Pocket PC Magazine Declares ACCESS’ NetFront™ Browser for Pocket PC Best Internet Browser

NetFront for Pocket PC with JV-Lite2 Selected Winner from Field of Eight in Pocket PC Magazine’s Best Software Awards 2004 Competition

TOKYO, Japan / FREMONT, USA / OBERHAUSEN, Germany, / BEIJING, China – November 8, 2004 – ACCESS Co., Ltd. (Tokyo Stock Exchange: 4813), a global provider of mobile content delivery and Internet access technologies, today announced that its NetFront® Internet browser for Pocket PC which includes JV-Lite 2, a Sun authorized Java virtual machine, has been selected as a winner in Pocket PC Magazine’s Best Software Awards 2004 competition. NetFront was declared the overall winner from among eight other products in the “Browsers and Web Utilities” category by a Pocket PC Magazine global panel of experts.

Pocket PC Magazine’s fourth annual Best Software Awards are intended to help users select the software that best suits their Windows Mobile, Pocket PC and Smartphone needs by recognizing vendors that produce outstanding software. Originally launched in 1997, Pocket PC Magazine is recognized as one of the leading publications covering all things Windows Mobile including Pocket PCs, Smartphones, Portable Media Center, and Windows CE-based handhelds. Pocket PC Magazine has an audited circulation of 76,191 including newsstand sales, paid print and digital subscriptions.

“We are extremely flattered to be honored with this prestigious award from Pocket PC Magazine,” said Toru Arakawa, president and CEO of ACCESS. “This award is an excellent testament to ACCESS’ continuing dedication to deliver the best possible mobile Internet browsing experience to users of the Pocket PC and Windows Mobile platform.”

About NetFront Browser
NetFront browser recently surpassed over 139 million deployments globally that include 293 unique devices ranging from mobile phones and PDAs to digital televisions, gaming consoles, and automobile telematics systems from 90 major Internet device manufacturers. NetFront supports a wider range of operating systems than any competing browser including solutions for Palm® OS, Symbian OS, Linux OS, Windows Mobile/PocketPC and mobile handset environments like BREW. NetFront browser technology is used by the world’s leading mobile operators, software providers and electronics manufacturers including Adobe, Alpine, AT&T Wireless, Casio, China Mobile, China Unicom, Epson, Hitachi, Hutchinson 3G Group, IBM, KDDI, NEC, NTT DoCoMo, Mitsubishi, palmOne, PalmSource, Samsung, SANYO, Sharp, Sony, Telcel Venezuela, Toshiba and more.

ACCESS Co. Ltd. (Tokyo Stock Exchange: 4813) is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, with offices throughout the world including major centers in the U.S., Germany, and China. ACCESS is a leading global provider of mobile Internet technologies and consultation services for the beyond-PC market. ACCESS’ NetFront browser technology powers 293 different commercial products worldwide including mobile phones, digital televisions, set-top boxes, game consoles, PDAs, car navigation systems, web phones, kiosk terminals and intranet terminals. ACCESS’ NetFront browser technology is most widely deployed in mobile phones for NTT DoCoMo’s popular i-mode and FOMA services. To date, over 139 million ACCESS software licenses have shipped from more than 90 major Internet device manufactures. ACCESS was listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange Mothers market on February 26, 2001. More information is available at or

ACCESS is a registered trademark in Japan. NetFront and Compact NetFront are registered trademarks of ACCESS Co., Ltd. in Japan. i-mode is a trademark or registered trademark of NTT DoCoMo, Inc. in Japan and other countries. NTT DoCoMo’s FOMA service is available only to subscribers in Japan. All other trademarks belong to their respective owners.


Asia Contact:
ACCESS Co., Ltd., Japan
Risako Onoda
+81 (3) 5259-3685
China Contact:
Access China Inc.
Delia Liu
+86 (10) 6566-9636
Europe Contact:
ACCESS Systems Europe GmbH
Claudia Hoeck
49 (208) 8290-6432
US Contacts:
ACCESS Co., Ltd. U.S. Branch
Manuel Morales
(510) 284-0708
Bite Communications Elyce Ventura
(415) 365-0360