Sierra Wireless devices certified “Compatible with Windows 7”

First Sierra Wireless devices pass certification in advance of Windows 7 launch, paving the way for a better mobile broadband customer experience
Vancouver (Canada)-August 11, 2009

Sierra Wireless (NASDAQ: SWIR - TSX: SW) today announced a milestone in the company’s efforts to simplify the way customers connect with mobile broadband networks. The Sierra Wireless AirCard® 402 2-in-1 data card, the Compass 885 and USB 598 modems, and the MC5728V embedded module have passed Microsoft Corp. certification tests for compatibility and reliability with Windows 7 mobile broadband and can officially be designated “Compatible with Windows 7.” Testing of other devices in the Sierra Wireless product portfolio is underway and complete Windows 7 compatibility information will be updated regularly at

Windows 7 mobile broadband is the result of years of in-depth listening to customers and their desire for faster, easier access to mobile broadband networks. The resulting functionality enables customers to open a mobile broadband network connection through the “View Available Networks” menu – the same interface they are accustomed to using for their WiFi and VPN connections.

The Compass 885 with Windows 7 mobile broadband support was first demonstrated at Windows Hardware Engineering Conference 2008 and has been showcased to PC OEMs, enterprises and operators around the world. Windows 7 users can plug in a Sierra Wireless Compass 885 or an AT&T USBConnect Mercury and Windows Update will download the necessary software to upgrade to the Windows 7 mobile broadband experience. Sierra Wireless plans to replicate this model for all logo-approved devices in the field, and expects to apply a similar model for devices only able to support traditional Windows 7 connection managers, including Sierra Wireless Watcher™. For details and rollout plans, please visit

“The Windows 7 logo is a key initiative for Sierra Wireless, because we understand how important it will be to our customers,” said Jim Kirkpatrick, chief technology officer for Sierra Wireless. “Integration with Windows 7 mobile broadband provides customers with a simple mobile broadband connection experience integrated with their other networking alternatives. It’s the culmination of a great deal of effort on the part of both the Microsoft and the Sierra Wireless teams, who share a commitment to making everyday mobile computing tasks faster and easier.”

About Sierra Wireless

Sierra Wireless (NASDAQ: SWIR – TSX: SW) products connect people and machines to wireless networks around the world. We offer an advanced, comprehensive product line, addressing consumer, enterprise, original equipment manufacturer, and specialized vertical industry markets. We also offer a wide range of professional and operated services. Our solutions are used for mobile computing, transportation, industrial M2M (machine-to-machine), enterprise, residential and consumer communications applications. For more information about Sierra Wireless, visit

“AirCard” is a registered trademark of Sierra Wireless. “Watcher” is a trademark of Sierra Wireless. Other product or service names mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners.

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