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Open-Xchange Provides Push E-mail and Over-the-air Synchronization for Blackberry, iPhone and Others

Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync enables support for most popular mobile devices

NUREMBERG, Germany, September 30, 2009 – With availability of the new Open-Xchange OXtender for Business Mobility, now users can receive push e-mail and synchronization of contacts, calendar and other information from their Open-Xchange account to their smartphones, including Android, BlackBerry, iPhone, Nokia, Windows Mobile and others.

 

Open-Xchange selected the Microsoft ActiveSync protocol for synchronization due to the wide range of supported handhelds and smartphones. This ensures that any ActiveSync client on a mobile device can set up and start using mobile e-mail and PIM (personal information manager) functions without complex configuration – and without Microsoft Exchange Server. In addition, software clients for almost all other platforms including Symbian-based devices, Blackberry or Google Android are available.

 

“Most current solutions are limited either to specific smartphones or require costly proprietary server solutions,” said Rafael Laguna, CEO of Open-Xchange. “The OXtender for Business Mobility provides users with easy-to-use mobile messaging and collaboration capabilities on all the devices they use -- anywhere, anytime, at a reasonable cost.”

 

Features and benefits of OXtender for Business Mobility include:

 

·         Users' personal communication data always synchronized with Open-Xchange and manageable anywhere via mobile phone;

·         All-inclusive device coverage (including iPhone or Windows Mobile devices Version 6.x);

·         Blackberry (PIM) and Android clients for Exchange ActiveSync available;

·         End-to-end encrypted e-mail and PIM data push;

·         End-to-end encrypted over-the-air synchronization of personal contacts, calendar and tasks;

·         End-to-end encrypted over-the-air synchronization of global address book;

·         Account management directly from the mobile device;

·         Single-Sign-On (SSO) management.

Open-Xchange's collaboration solutions offer the full set of PIM functionality – e-mail, calendaring, contacts and task management – together with advanced groupware features such as Documail and Smart Document Sharing. With OXtender for Business Mobility, small businesses and individuals have a cost-effective solution to work remotely, which is comparable to the capabilities of users at large enterprises.

 

Open-Xchange is installed by more than 3,500 companies and organizations worldwide with the Open-Xchange Hosting Edition used by more than 10 million users worldwide as hosted business-class e-mail, along with personal information management (PIM), and full groupware.

 

Pricing and availability

OXtender for Business Mobility is available for Open-Xchange Server Edition and Open-Xchange Appliance Edition from Open-Xchange and its partners. License and software subscription for 25 users including updates, patches and security fixes is $355 per year. Additional users cost $14.22 in the first year. Software subscription for the following years is 25 percent of the cost for the first year. SaaS providers using Open-Xchange Hosting Edition can provide OXtender for Business Mobility to their end customers, as well.

 

For more information, please visit www.open-xchange.com/en/mobility-solutions-en.

 

About Open-Xchange

Open-Xchange is the innovator of scalable and integrated open source e-mail and collaboration solutions for enterprises, academic institutions, and government authorities. The company provides on-premise versions called Open-Xchange Server Edition and Open-Xchange Appliance Edition, along with Open-Xchange Hosting Edition, which enables web hosting companies to provide an easy-to-use and feature-rich application delivered as Software as a Service (SaaS). The Open-Xchange Hosting Edition is architected to integrate into a hosting provider’s existing infrastructure, such as authentication, provisioning, billing, and e-mail storage and does not require that these systems be replaced.

 

Open-Xchange AG is a privately-held company headquartered in Nuremberg, Germany with offices in Olpe, Germany and Tarrytown, N.Y. For more information, please visit www.open-xchange.com.

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