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SoftBrands Partners With TabletKiosk to Provide Mobile Software to Hoteliers

SoftBrands, Inc.  a global supplier of enterprise application software, announced today that it has signed a distribution agreement with TabletKiosk for their portable workstation solution. SoftBrands has selected TabletKiosk's Sahara Slate PC line to launch this initiative. The units are blue-tooth/wireless Tablet PCs and run on the Microsoft Windows operating system, including Windows Vista, Windows XP Professional or Windows XP Tablet PC Edition.

    Coupling the TabletKiosk product with the SoftBrands suite of products will provide SoftBrands' customers the freedom to move about the property and deliver services without being tied to a reception desk or service station. Using the Sahara Slate PC by TabletKiosk, SoftBrands' customers will be able to check-in a guest, book a spa appointment, make dining reservations, place food and beverage orders or reserve a tee-time, all the while un-tethered from a desk or station that uses a traditional PC workstation. In addition, as the units provide the full functionality of
the Windows operating system, many third party applications can be accessed on Sahara throughout the property or enterprise.

    "Hotels increasingly want their employees to be free to interact with guests without the confines of a desk or counter " said Steve VanTassel, senior vice president and general manager, SoftBrands hospitality. "We are very pleased to be working with TabletKiosk and Microsoft to provide the freedom and flexibility needed to help our customers further personalize their guest's experience."

    "We are delighted to partner with SoftBrands and Microsoft to expand and explore new opportunities for mobile computing in the hospitality industry," said Martin Smekal, president of TabletKiosk. "The convenience of running the SoftBrands' suite of products on the Sahara Slate PC offers hospitality professionals newfound mobility while providing guests with an enhanced guest experience."

    "Mobility enablement is becoming more and more important as hoteliers look for ways to increase employee productivity and improve guest service," said Matthew Shigenobu Muta, industry director for Microsoft's Worldwide Hospitality Group. "We are pleased with SoftBrands' and TabletKiosk's joint integration of Microsoft software into valuable mobility solutions that empower hospitality employees to strengthen guest relationships and generate new revenue streams."

About TabletKiosk(TM)
    TabletKiosk(TM) is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sand Dune Ventures Inc. a privately held technology incubator. The company produces slate style tablet PCs and UMPCs marketed through an authorized reseller channel and directly through the company website. For more information, visit

 About SoftBrands Hospitality
    SoftBrands Hospitality provides central reservation, property management and business intelligence software that can be centrally managed to support many properties within a hotel chain as well as less complex offerings that can be installed on site at an independent hotel. Our distribution service, Karyon, allows hotels to easily manage rates and
inventory availability across all four Global Distribution Systems and many other online sources of demand. SoftBrands is committed to the hospitality industry and is an active member of OpenTravel, HTNG, HSMAI, HFTP, HEDNA, AH&LA, AAHOA, NBTA and PHMA.

About SoftBrands
    SoftBrands, Inc. is a leader in providing software solutions for businesses in the manufacturing and hospitality industries worldwide. The company has established a global infrastructure for distribution, development and support of enterprise software, and has approximately 5,000
customers in more than 100 countries actively using its manufacturing and hospitality products. SoftBrands, which has approximately 825 employees, is headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with branch offices in Europe, India, Asia, Australia and Africa. Additional information can be found at

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