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Abridean Assists USA.NET To Offer a Compelling Microsoft Exchange 2000 Service

Halifax, NS. October 1, 2001 - Abridean Inc., leaders in the development of an Application Provisioning and Management Platform for Service Providers (SPs) and large Enterprises, announced today that USA.NET, the Global eMessaging Service Provider, has selected abrideanProvisor as its provisioning and management solution for its USA.NET hosted Microsoft Exchange 2000 offering.

AbrideanProvisor is an Application Provisioning and Management Platform that enables SPs like USA.NET to automate and simplify the provisioning and management of hosted enterprise applications. Abridean also announced today the availability of its Messaging Portfolio that provisions comprehensive messaging solutions for SPs. This portfolio will allow SPs and large Enterprises to provide their users with a complete messaging solution that includes value-added services such as wireless and instant messaging.

“We conducted thorough research and evaluated many provisioning and management solutions before choosing abrideanProvisor for USA.NET hosted Microsoft Exchange 2000,” said Tom Guthrie, CTO of USA.NET. “We chose Abridean as our technology partner because they echo our commitment to operational excellence and providing our enterprise customers with value-added hosted messaging services.”

USA.NET will leverage abrideanProvisor’s XML-based architecture and Provision Anything Framework™ to enhance their USA.NET hosted Microsoft Exchange 2000 Server. Microsoft recently recognized Abridean’s achievements in technology by naming abrideanProvisor a finalist for “Best Use of XML” at the MEC Awards 2001.

“We are extremely happy to be working with USA.NET, one of the leading messaging solution providers,” said Sean Sears, CEO and president of Abridean. “Both companies are working together to ensure USA.NET’s hosted Exchange 2000 customers benefit from a comprehensive messaging solution.”

About USA.NET, Inc.

USA.NET, the Global eMessaging Service Provider, offers customers a complete suite of reliable, highly available, secure and scalable outsourced messaging solutions that are backed by a commitment to operational excellence. Designed to meet the needs of all audiences, USA.NET's total value-added email outsourcing services eliminate the hassle of installing, upgrading and supporting an in-house email system. Its hosted enterprise platforms include Exchange 2000, Performance Messaging (Openwave InterMail), and its proprietary platform, Commercial Messaging Service. USA.NET operates one of the largest hosted infrastructures exclusively dedicated to providing world-class enterprise messaging solutions with industry-leading availability levels. The company provides a total end-to-end solution to its clients, from assessment and migration to hosting, enhanced services and complete customer service. USA.NET is the trusted partner for more than 5,000 business customers worldwide including United Airlines, Palm, American Express, Galileo International and Saturn. For more information on USA.NET, visit

About Abridean Inc.

Abridean Inc. has developed the leading application provisioning and management platform, abrideanProvisor. Provisor simplifies and automates application provisioning and management for the Service Providers. It allows them to drive to tremendous operational efficiencies through reduced costs, increased revenue and rapid delivery of services to customers. Provisor is an XML-based platform that can be easily integrated with other infrastructure software allowing the Service Provider to get to market faster and easier with a complete solution to meet their customer needs. Provisor can also be easily and rapidly customized to meet specific requirements within the SP's data center environment. For more information, visit