SALT LAKE CITY, UT — BRAINSHARE — March 29, 2000 — TUCOWS.com Inc. (www.tucows.com) and Novell Inc. (NASDAQ:NOVL) today announced that TUCOWS.com will be the first mebusiness to use Novell‚Äôs digitalme identity services, a secure Net service that extends customer relationships, simplifies online purchasing and protects consumers‚Äô identity on the Internet. Launched in October 1999, Novell‚Äôs digitalme stores personal information, such as passwords, user names, account numbers, contact information and preferences securely and privately in NDS eDirectory, eliminating the need to remember multiple passwords and usernames. Not unlike a personal electronic stamp, digitalme allows consumers to have complete access and control over their personal information, which can be amended, shared or deleted for different audiences.
‚ÄúWith over 10 million end users, TUCOWS.com is well positioned to deploy digitalme as the mebusiness tool for consumers,‚Äù said Elliot Noss, CEO, TUCOWS.com Inc. ‚Äúdigitalme is an easy-to-use Internet service that streamlines purchasing, protects consumers‚Äô privacy and provides our customers with the greatest level of control over their information.‚Äù
Novell‚Äôs Net services software, such as digitalme and NDS eDirectory, allows organizations to simplify, secure and accelerate their eBusiness environments. Net services is a category of software that secures and powers all types of networks ‚Äî whether Internet, intranets, and extranets, wired to wireless, corporate and public ‚Äî as one Net, across all leading operating environments. With NDS eDirectory as its foundation, digitalme provides a means for organizations to easily manage their Net relationships through customer registration services, secure and private user interaction and other identity services. Organizations can use these services to better attract, delight and retain customers on the Net.
‚ÄúToday‚Äôs announcement demonstrates the value of Novell‚Äôs Net services software, such as eDirectory and digitalme, for providers developing their hosted services offerings,‚Äù said Steve Adams, senior vice president of marketing, Novell. ‚ÄúTUCOWS will be able to extend its significant market leadership by offering these new Net identity services to their end users and over 800 network partners worldwide.‚Äù
About TUCOWS.com Inc. (www.tucows.com)
TUCOWS has over 100 million page views per month – one of the busiest sites on the Internet. With over 800 network partners in more than 90 countries hosting TUCOWS’ software libraries, TUCOWS is the largest independent software distribution network in the world providing users with fast, local downloads. TUCOWS software libraries house nearly 40,000 applications for Windows, Linux, PDA/Handhelds, BeOS, Mac, Games, Themes, Music and Kids.
TUCOWS is also the fastest growing wholesaler of domain registration solutions through its TUCOWS Names division, supporting over 2,000 Registration Service Providers worldwide.
Novell, Inc. (NASDAQ:NOVL), is a leading provider of Net services software that delivers services to secure and power all types of networks — the Internet, intranets and extranets; wired to wireless; corporate and public — across leading operating systems. Novell’s Net services software provides the foundation for one Net — a single global network that supports new applications and forms of business. Net Services software gives IT organizations a way to adapt and accelerate their transformation to eBusiness, simplify the management and control of all networks, create a secure foundation for doing business on the Net, and help deliver a consistent and high-quality experience to end users in all locations. Worldwide channel, consulting, education and technical support programs, along with strategic alliances, combine Novell Net services software with third-party products and services to form complete Net solutions.
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