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Netopias New Timbuktu Pro Now Integrates with Skype


Windows Version Enhances Performance; Macintosh Version Now Supports Apple’s New Intel-Based Computers

Netopia, Inc. (OTCBB:NTPA), a market leader in broadband gateways and service-delivery software, today introduced the latest version of its award-winning Timbuktu Pro software for both Macintosh and Windows, which enables users to remotely view and interact with individual desktops through any Internet connection. Released today, Timbuktu Pro 8.6 integrates with Skype™, the peer-to-peer Internet telephony application. Additionally, the new Macintosh version of Timbuktu Pro can now be run on the new Intel-based Macintosh computers.

Timbuktu Pro 8.6 for Windows and Macintosh provides seamless integration with Internet telephony provider Skype, allowing users to connect and remotely control machines while conversing and collaborating with other Timbuktu Pro users, all through a Skype tunnel. Timbuktu Pro leverages Skype’s API to automatically navigate through routers, firewalls, and NAT devices. Users can now search for, speak to, and collaborate with other Timbuktu Pro users through their Skype contacts. They can even launch a Skype call from within Timbuktu Pro. The integration of Timbuktu Pro and Skype combines the best desktop remote control software with the premiere Internet telephony application, providing users with a robust and versatile collaboration experience.

Timbuktu Pro 8.6 for Macintosh is also one of the first universal applications to run on both Intel-based and PowerPC Macintosh computers. By incorporating Apple’s universal binary strategy, Netopia can ensure Timbuktu Pro performs at its peak on either Mac architecture. Now all Mac users, including those with the new Intel-based Macs, can enjoy the benefits of Timbuktu Pro’s remote collaboration features in a single software platform.

“Timbuktu Pro has been on the forefront of enabling remote collaboration since it was first introduced more than 15 years ago. By continually incorporating the ever-changing technological landscape into our product offerings, we expand Timbuktu Pro’s capabilities while also making it more user friendly,” said Ray Smets, senior vice president of sales and marketing for Netopia. “Our cooperation with pioneering technologies like the leading VoIP application from Skype makes remote collaboration an easy option for users. Whether on the road, in the office, or with friends and family, users can place Skype calls and now show and share their desktops over Skype connections.”

Timbuktu Pro 8.6 for Windows and Macintosh is now available from Netopia’s online software store at or through local resellers. Skype software is available at

About Timbuktu Pro
For nearly 20 years, Netopia has delivered remote device management and support software to the carrier, service provider, enterprise, and consumer markets. Part of a complete family of remote management applications and services which includes Netopia’s NBBS TR-069 Element Management System and eCare, Timbuktu Pro is the remote control and collaboration solution of choice in thousands of small and medium-sized enterprises, Fortune 1000 companies, and educational institutions worldwide.

About Netopia
Netopia, Inc. is a market leader in high-performance broadband customer-premises networking equipment and carrier-class software for the remote management of broadband services and equipment. Netopia’s gateways feature advanced technology for triple play and IPTV services and remote manageability to ensure service delivery. Netopia also offers remote device management and broadband-enabled services and software for carriers, service providers, and enterprises, enabling support and value-added services across the home or business network. Netopia has established strategic distribution relationships with leading carriers and broadband service providers, including AT&T (formerly SBC Communications), BellSouth, Covad Communications, eircom, Swisscom, and Verizon.

Headquartered in Emeryville, California, Netopia’s common stock is listed for quotation on the OTC Bulletin Board (OTCBB) System under the symbol “NTPA.” Further information about Netopia can be obtained via phone at 510-420-7400, fax at 510-420-7601, or on the Web at

Timbuktu Pro 8.6 works with Skype software. This product uses the Skype API but is not endorsed or certified by Skype. Skype is a trademark of Skype Technologies S.A. in Luxembourg and other countries. All company names, brand names, and product names are trademarks of their respective holder(s).

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