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asknet AG: Panda Security and Lexware opt for shop solution from asknet AG

- asknet AG to start operating Phantom Drive Gold Shop of H+H Software GmbH - Outlook for the 2008 financial year -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ots.CorporateNews transmitted by euro adhoc. The issuer is responsible for the content of this announcement. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- companies Karlsruhe (euro adhoc) - 4 July 2008 - With the conclusion of an agreement with Panda Security, asknet AG succeeded in enlisting a leading provider of anti-malware solutions. PANDA supplies one of the most popular anti-virus software packages for private and business customers with more than 2.5 million customers worldwide. By entering the partnership with asknet, PANDA aims at further stepping up its online business. "Both its technological competence and its worldwide network of partners convinced us of the capability of asknet AG," says Juan Santana, CEO of Panda Security. As from now, the German company Lexware GmbH & CO. KG offers part of its product range as digital downloads via the asknet shop solution. "Up to now, our software has been marketed purely in the form of boxed products. For our venture into the electronic software market, we chose a competent and experienced partner in asknet," says Markus Griesbaum, senior project manager with Haufe. H+H Software GmbH again opted for an online shop operated by asknet for marketing its new product Phantom Drive. H+H Software GmbH, which supplies what is probably the best known and most successful CD emulator called Virtual CD, presents the Phantom Drive, the world´s first virtual HD writer. Starting now, the product will be available for download in the regions of North America, Europe, Middle East and Africa via the Phantom Drive Gold Shop operated by asknet AG. "Past positive experience with asknet AG in marketing our `Virtual CD´ product persuaded us to extend our partnership with asknet to include a second online shop," says Alexander Vierschrodt, Product Manager with H+H Software GmbH. The cooperation with PANDA confirms the dynamic growth of the asknet Group particularly as regards further development in 2009. For 2008, the pronounced economic slow-down in the US and the constrictive revaluation of the euro against the dollar negatively impact the development of earnings in the asknet Group. Major acquisition projects in the first half of the year were delayed. Overall, therefore, the company expects growth in 2008 to be weaker than in the previous year. Optimization measures on the structural cost side have already been implemented in order to adjust the use of resources to the temporarily lower growth. This causes one-off costs of app. EUR 250,000 in 2008. In 2009 the measures will lead to cost savings of app. EUR 500,000. "The asknet Group operates in a market and competitive environment where above-average growth rates can be achieved. Combined with the moderate cost side measures, the scalability of the business model will again be confirmed in future," says Gerald Prior, CEO of asknet AG. About asknet: asknet AG, (Frankfurt A5A) leading in Global eCommerce, accelerates eSales for publishers in the digital marketplace. Since 1995, the company has developed a robust eCommerce platform for customers around the world. As media is rapidly transitioning to digital formats, the marketing, sales, distribution, and services of these products are also moving online. The ever expanding reach from fixed and mobile customers all around the globe is pushing companies to perfect their eDistribution. asknet delivers an instant online distribution channel to its customers. For further information please visit: www.asknet.com. About Panda Security: Panda Security is one of the world´s leading IT security providers, with millions of clients around the world and products available in more than twenty languages. Their mission is to keep their customers´ information and IT assets safe from security threats, giving them the most effective protection with the minimum resource consumption. Currently, thousands of malicious codes are created every day. To combat this threat, Panda Security has developed a unique, innovative security model that allows thousands of new samples to be automatically analyzed and classified every day. This model, called Collective Intelligence, allows Panda Security solutions to provide protection against many more threats than other security companies. Check out the exceptional detection power of their Collective Intelligence on the Infected or Not website (http://www.infectedornot.com). About Lexware: Lexware GmbH & Co. KG is a market leader in commercial software for self-employed professionals and for small to medium-sized enterprises. The solutions cover private financial management, accounting, taxes, travel expenses, personnel, billing, cash management, Web shops, and payroll calculation. Lexware has been member of the Haufe Media Group since 1993, and the technical know-how of the Lexware developers in combination with the competence of the Haufe Media Group complement each other ideally. The cooperation with the experts of Haufe Media Group, who look back on a tradition of fifty years of expertise in the fields of economics, law, and taxes, is unique in the software industry. For further information please visit: www.lexware.com. About H+H Software: H+H Software GmbH, founded in 1989, is located in Goettingen, Germany. Core competencies include development and marketing of solutions for management of applications, licenses and networks. H+H is one of just 350 Microsoft Gold Certified Partners in Germany. Customers served by H+H come from industry, small and medium-sized businesses, universities, public institutions, libraries and schools. The single-user version of Virtual CD is also very popular among private users. Products from H+H include H+H NetMan, Virtual CD, ProGuard and Hidden Automatic Navigator (HAN). In addition, H+H offers NetMan for Schools, a NetMan edition optimized for use in schools. For further information please visit: www.hh-software.com. end of announcement euro adhoc -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ots Originaltext: asknet AG Im Internet recherchierbar: http://www.presseportal.ch Further inquiry note: asknet AG Daniela Simon Vincenz-Priessnitz-Str. 3 76131 Karlsruhe Germany Tel: +49 721 96458 6112 E-mail: daniela.simon@asknet.com asknet, Inc. Jaywant Singh Rao Vice President Sales & Business Development 235 Montgomery Street, Suite 1025 San Francisco CA 94104 Tel: +1.415.602.3380 E-mail: jaywant.rao@asknet.com Branche: Electronic Commerce ISIN: DE0005173306 WKN: 517330 Börsen: Börse Frankfurt / free trade/entry standard

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