IBM offers no-charge data server to support Windows Vista


IBM announced the availability of DB2 9 Express-C for Vista, a server tailored for the Windows Vista operating system and openly available for download, at no cost, to customers, developers and partners.

No charge community support for DB2 Express-C is available via a public forum on developerWorks, IBM’s resource for developers. For-fee IBM support is available with purchase of DB2 Express Edition.

DB2 Express-C supports the Windows and Linux operating systems on various 32-bit and 64-bit processor architectures. DB2 Express-C may be deployed on all systems up to two processor cores, and on AMD or Intel x86 with up to two dual core chips. With this offering there is no limit to database size. The maximum amount of memory supported is 4GB.

DB2 Express-C also offers development environment flexibility. Developers using a wide variety of development environments can draw on resources like developerWorks and alphaWorks to gain access to no charge IBM technical resources community support and emerging technologies from IBM research and development laboratories.

No-charge community support for DB2 Express-C for Vista is available via the public Web forum on developerWorks. For more information on DB2 Express-C visit

IBM introduces quick start bundles for data server

IBM introduced a series of quick start software bundles for the DB2 9 data server designed to help clients adapt their information management environments to meet standards for handling XML data.

The DB2 9 pureXML quick start bundles help database administrators and software developers to load XML industry exchange messages and schemas, and to define XML queries and indexes for business applications. The first of these bundles are based on specific industry XML standards that support FIXML and FpML, which are formats developed for the financial industry. The industry-specific XML message exchange formats provide methods to exchange XML data information between and within companies.

The pureXML capability of DB2 9 provides the ability to store, update, delete, query and index XML. Users can retrieve entire XML documents or document fragments by incorporating XPath, XQuery and SQL into their queries. They can also register XML schemas and instruct DB2 to validate XML documents against these schemas.

DB2 9-formerly code named “Viper”- is IBM’s data server that incorporates the database technology enhancements introduced to the industry in more than two decades.

These technologies will be available for free download on alphaWorks, IBM’s online outlet which provides access to software technology from IBM research and development labs around the world. To access the industry quick start bundles, please visit:

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SoftMaker adds application software to Window CE, CE.NET

German software maker SoftMaker announced availability of the public beta of SoftMaker Office 2006 for Windows CE. SoftMaker Office 2006 now not only runs on Windows, Linux, FreeBSD, Windows Mobile-based Pocket PCs, but also on Windows CE and CE.NET

SoftMaker Office 2006 is composed of two applications:

* TextMaker 2006 is a word processor that is compatible with most word processing formats, including all versions of Microsoft Word.

* PlanMaker 2006 is a spreadsheet application that is compatible with Microsoft Excel.

SoftMaker Office 2006 not only reads and writes Word and Excel files without losing any formatting, it is also capable of this task equally well on all operating systems. It is therefore possible to edit the same document on Windows PCs, Pocket PCs or Handheld PCs with Windows CE as well as on Linux and FreeBSD computers.

The public beta version of SoftMaker Office 2006 for Windows CE is now available as a free download from SoftMaker’s homepage at It can be installed on the mobile device and can be fully used until January 31, 2007.

The beta version of SoftMaker Office 2006 for Windows CE is available as a free download. The completed software will be priced at US$ 69.95 or EUR 69.95.

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