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Be Operating System Gains Momentum with 10,000 Registered Developers

RELEASED April 15, 1999

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Be Operating System Gains Momentum with 10,000 Registered Developers

MENLO PARK, Calif., April 15, 1999 -- Be, Incorporated, the developer of the digital media Be operating system (BeOS®), continues to gain wide acceptance in the market as the company today announced that it has reached the mark of 10,000 registered developers worldwide. In addition, Be Incorporated just held its 1999 developer conference focused on media applications development, where developers from around the world attended.

"Surpassing 10,000 developers is a significant milestone for the company," said Timothy Self, vice president of developer relations at Be, Incorporated. "This explosive growth in the BeOS development community really underscores the need for a modern operating system that can elegantly handle digital media, and it underscores just how strong the BeOS is as a development platform. There are some very exciting applications in development, particularly in the area of audio and video editing and viewing. This is great news for consumers who work and play in the digital world."

Attendees at the Be developer conference demonstrated their media rich applications with a variety of programs from audio manipulation and graphics animation to video editing. Some of the developers included: BeatWare which demonstrated e-Picture, a graphics application for creating dynamic Web graphics; Adamation which debuted its Personal Studio, a real-time video editing application; MGI which unveiled its VideoWave II, a video editing package for BeOS; and Beatnik, Inc. which demonstrated its sound player, a mini synthesizer for streaming audio on the Web.

"Creative professionals are constantly seeking new technologies that will allow them to get the most out of digital media on the desktop," said Thomas Dolby Robertson, founder and chief beatnik at Beatnik, Inc., whose audio playback engine is in the core of Be's operating system. "Sound and video really run sweetly under the BeOS, so users get to push the limits of their hardware and applications to produce some truly amazing pieces of work."

Be, Incorporated develops the BeOS, an operating system that provides a rich user experience especially to people who handle high bandwidth digital media, such as graphics, audio and video, in real-time on personal computers and web devices.

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About Be®

Be, Incorporated, founded in 1990 by Jean-Louis Gassée, is a software company focusing on building new foundations for the next generation of digital content and media design tools. With a team of industry-leading engineers and business executives, the company is dedicated to removing the limitations of existing computer architectures and delivering a new level of price performance on both personal computers and Internet appliances. In 1997, Be published the first public release of the Be Operating System (BeOS®), the core product of this strategy. Additional information on Be and the BeOS is available online at http://www.be.com/. Be, Inc. is headquartered in Menlo Park, California.

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