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[News] intent gets Japanese localizationANN.lu
Posted on 08-Nov-2000 17:38 GMT by Teemu I. Yliselä4 comments
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Tao partners with two Japanese companies to provide full Japanese localization with character input for the intent platform. Press release below.

Consolidated Application Environment for CE and Cellulars.

Reading, England, November 7, 2000. Tao Group, Justsystem and ASCII have announced a strategic partnership to further accelerate the deployment of the intent(TM) media platform in Japan. Justsystem is the leading supplier of business productivity software in the Japanese market. Under the terms of this partnership the three companies have agreed to facilitate the Japanese localization of Tao's high performance multimedia Java environment for consumer electronics devices.

All three parties expect to complete the Japanese localization of intent within 2000, and subsequently promote it for integration into Japanese Consumer Electronics [CE] products, including cellular phones and PDAs. Justsystem is developing the intent version of its acclaimed Japanese conversion engine, ATOK, which will then be provided to intent OEM vendors in Japan. Justsystem is also building up CE-targeted Java applications, which can then be deployed as ASP services. ASCII is assisting Tao with the input method framework and the basic software components that are required for enabling Japanese language input. ASCII's activities already include sales and marketing of Tao products as a Tao software distributor in Japan.

As the market for digital CE products and Internet-aware cellular phones rapidly expands, the three companies know it is absolutely fundamental to provide a consolidated Java(TM) application environment to accommodate the needs of the Japanese market in the embedded Java space. Until now, Japanese character input has been regarded as difficult to deploy in embedded Java products.

Tao's solution to these issues comes in the form of intent, Java Technology Edition, specifically designed for the new generation of digital devices such as smart phones and set-top boxes. intent was developed by Tao and co-funded with ASCII Corporation. It is a Sun Microsystems authorized Java Virtual Machine and is famed for its high speed Java execution. It has now achieved exceptional brand awareness in Japan as the only provider of a robust multimedia execution environment across the entire spectrum of embedded products.

Tao has been actively working with global consumer electronics companies across Japan to make sure that the company can deliver, not just technology leadership, but commercial leadership as well. The Justsystem announcement follows on from the news that Fujitsu AEL is to manage Tao's integration and technical support operations in Japan, as well as porting intent onto the iTRON operating system, the dominant operating system environment for the embedded industry in Japan.

Notes to Editors:

About Tao

The Tao Group is an intellectual property generator and software organization specializing in technologies for home and mobile networks. Incorporated in 1992, the Company provides leading edge products for the emerging, fast growth markets of intelligent consumer devices. The company's philosophy is based on providing powerful frameworks for use right across the range of networked appliances from smart phones to digital television, into which Tao's clients can build in their own branding and incorporate their own added value. Motorola and Sony are shareholders in Tao Group. Its customers include blue chip technology corporations across North America, Japan and Europe, and the intent toolkit is the applications foundation layer for the New Amiga. Headquartered in Reading, England, with offices in Tokyo and California, Tao has a high value, global patent portfolio and is the recipient of multiple industry awards, both for its technologies and for the rate of corporate growth.

For more information about Tao Group please see http://www.tao-group.com/

About Justsystem

Justsystem Corporation is the leading software developer of Japanese language processing technology. This technology lets user easily and comfortably handle thousands of characters and dynamically combines hiragana (phonetic characters) with Kanji (Han characters). More recently, Justsystem has extended its service into the Internet. JustNet is an Internet Service Provider highly recognized for its various multimedia contents holding more than 100 access points all over Japan.

For more information please see http://www.justsystem.co.jp/

About ASCII

ASCII covers three business fields including publishing, education and game software. ASCII continues to expand its business fields to develop its position as a publishing company specializing in computing technology.

For more information please see http://www.ascii.co.jp/

Contacts

Justsystem Corporation
PR Department
Tel: +81-3-5412-3952
Email: prg@justsystem.co.jp

ASCII Corporation
Public Relations
Tel: +81-3-5351-8065
Email: www-pr@ascii.co.jp

Chris Bignell / Chris Gent
Companycare Communications
Tel. +44 (0)118 939 5900
Fax. +44 (0)118 959 9595
Email: chris@companycare.com | chrisg@companycare.com

Graham Nice
Tao Group
Tel: +44 (0)118 901 2999
Fax: +44 (0)118 901 2963
Email: Nice@tao-group.com

ATOK is a registered trademark of Justsystem Corporation. Sun, Sun Microsystems, the Sun Logo, Java, and PersonalJava are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc. in the United States and other countries.

intent gets Japanese localization : Comment 1 of 4ANN.lu
Posted by jerry on 07-Nov-2000 23:00 GMT
This is a pleasent suprise. I was wondering what the status was on foreign characters. I've known iTron to be the leading OS in japan. If we can grab this market from windows and other OS over there. we could get what windows has problems getting. And that is the foreign market. I've read up where japan and china are sick of windows. They hate it. They don't offer the support/functions they need. This is the extra edge Amiga needs. crossing my fingers......
intent gets Japanese localization : Comment 2 of 4ANN.lu
Posted by Justin on 08-Nov-2000 23:00 GMT
In reply to Comment 1 (jerry):
You all seem to think Intent or Tao is amiga.
But isn´t there a possibility that they are actually
going to be concurrents to the new amiga? It is
funny that in alot of articles about Tao there in
not a word about Amiga.
intent gets Japanese localization : Comment 3 of 4ANN.lu
Posted by DanDude on 08-Nov-2000 23:00 GMT
In reply to Comment 2 (Justin):
TAO is part of our team now. We do need to know what's up with them.
intent gets Japanese localization : Comment 4 of 4ANN.lu
Posted by Anonymous on 08-Nov-2000 23:00 GMT
In reply to Comment 2 (Justin):
"and the intent toolkit is the applications foundation layer for the New Amiga."
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