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Empress Software Signs Shanghai Webon! Digital Tech Co., Ltd.
for Distribution of Embedded EMPRESS RDBMS in China

Beltsville, MD, January 31, 2005 - Empress Software, developers of EMPRESS, "The Embedded Real-Time Database", announces Shanghai Webon! Digital Tech Co., Ltd. of Shanghai, China as an official Empress distributor for the People's Republic of China. With over 5 years of experience developing technology and products for embedded systems and supporting advanced solutions for embedded system manufacturers, Webon! Digital is well positioned to match Empress offerings to the sophisticated requirements of Chinese and international customers.

Webon! Digital will now market and support all Empress products including EMPRESS Embedded Database development systems, run-time licenses, application programming interfaces, database servers for ODBC, JDBC and replication and the EMPRESS real-time data collector.

"Chinese system engineers are high-level embedded systems specialists who can take advantage of Empress superior features, especially the kernel level C API," asserts John Kornatowski, president of Empress Software. "Webon! Digital provides us with strong local expertise in the rapidly growing Chinese market."

"Signing the Empress distributor agreement is a strong vote of confidence in Webon! Digital's ability to serve the challenging embedded systems market, " states Yang Gang, president, Webon! Digital Tech Co., Ltd. "As an official Empress distributor, Webon! Digital will be able to supply all Empress products cost effectively and generate advanced embedded solutions with excellent technical support."

About Shanghai Webon! Digital Tech Co., Ltd.

Shanghai Webon! Digital is a high-tech company specializing in embedded system development and testing as well as providing custom embedded modules and products. Since 2000, Webon! Digital has specialized in the design of embedded systems hardware and software, as well as embedded product testing and technical support for Chinese and international customers. Webon! Digital also offers its customers a range of services, from pre-sales analysis to custom engineering to technical support. For more information, please call 021-58211910, visit www.webon.com.cn or send e-mail to gang.yang@webon.com.cn

About Empress Software, Inc.

Empress Software develops and supports the EMPRESS embedded real-time data management system. EMPRESS Embedded Database is a full-featured, high-performance database engine especially designed for developers operating on UNIX, Linux, Windows or real-time environments. Empress has been utilized successfully in diverse fields including image & voice management, networking, telecom, military & defense, process control, automotive and data acquisition. For more information, please call 301-220-1919. Check our web site at www.empress.com or send e-mail to info@empress.com.

Empress Software Inc.               Empress Software Inc.
11785 Beltsville Drive              3100 Steeles Ave East
Beltsville, MD 20705                Markham, Ontario, Canada
Phone: 301-220-1919                 Phone: 905-513-8888
Fax:   301-220-1997                 Fax:   905-513-1668
www.empress.com                     www.empress.com
info@empress.com                    info@empress.com