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GEAR Software Obtains Membership in Microsoft's Certified Partner Program

Tequesta, FL (2005-12-16) – GEAR® Software, a leading developer of CD and DVD recording software, announced today that it has become a new member of Microsoft's Certified Partner Program. As a Microsoft Certified Partner, GEAR Software is able to offer customers professional recording software that carries the "Designed for Windows XP" endorsement.

"We are very pleased to have attained Microsoft's Certified Partner status", said Rick Wrightson, president and CEO of GEAR Software. "Having our products successfully pass Microsoft's rigorous testing process ensures our customers that they are receiving software that is dependable and secure."

The Microsoft Certified Partner program allows GEAR Software to utilize the Microsoft Certified Partner logo, which is an easy way for customers to recognize GEAR Software as certified by Microsoft Corp. Microsoft offers a variety of resources to program members, including training, technical support, early access to Microsoft products, and peer-networking opportunities that allow a variety of partners to come together and provide end-to-end customer solutions.

"When customers are looking to implement a Microsoft technology solution for their business, their best bet is to turn to an expert - a Microsoft Certified Partner," said Rosa Garcia, general manager of the Partner Programs Group at Microsoft. "Microsoft provides its Certified Partners with in-depth access to existing and emerging Microsoft technologies and related training and resources to help ensure that they have the technical intimacy needed to deliver quality solutions. Today, Microsoft recognizes GEAR Software for demonstrating this level of expertise and welcomes it as a new Microsoft Certified Partner."

About GEAR Software

GEAR Software (www.gearsoftware.com) has developed standard setting CD and DVD recording software for nearly two decades. Its robust, reliable multi-platform recording solutions support Windows, UNIX, and Linux operating systems are used by world-class companies for data storage and disc premastering. GEAR also licenses its Windows, OS X and UNIX SDK (GEAR.wrks Toolkit-API) to enable other software development to integrate optical recording excellence into their software. GEAR maintains offices in the Netherlands and the United States.