Open-Xchange Groupware Available with Mac and iPhone

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Beta Release of Open Source Collaboration Software Connects with Macs and Mobile Devices

Open-Xchange, the leading provider of open source groupware, today announced a preview of its iSync connector called OXtender for Mac OS X. This makes Open-Xchange e-mails, appointments, contacts, tasks and documents available to end users through their native Mac applications -- Mail, iCal and Address Book.

End users can access and edit all groupware data without changing their familiar desktop environment. Also, OXtender for Mac OS X enables synchronization on mobile devices. Even without a connection to the Internet, users can continue to work without interruption. When connected the next time, changes on the Mac system and Open-Xchange Server will be synchronized immediately.

All mobile devices connected to the Mac, like iPhones, iPods and cell phones from other manufacturers, as well as software from third-party ISVs that support iSync can access Open-Xchange data. In addition, users of MobileMe get new e-mail, calendar and contact entries via its "over the air" push service on their iPhone.

Open-Xchange is the ideal solution for organizations using various operating system platforms. All data is maintained centrally on the Open-Xchange Server, and can be accessed on Macs, or by the AJAX-based web interface, or with Microsoft Outlook on PCs.

"As the Mac gains popularity both at home and in the office - and on the go - users want to have reliable access to their email, calendar and other information," said Rafael Laguna, CEO of Open-Xchange. "Now, Mac users can enjoy offline access to Open-Xchange and can synch their mobile devices -- even wireless in some cases."

Key features of the OXtender for Mac OS X are:

  •     Synchronization of contacts between Open-Xchange and the Apple Address Book;
  •     Synchronization of appointments and tasks between Open-Xchange and iCal;
  •     Open-Xchange's document manager, InfoStore, can be linked via WebDAV to Apple's file manager, Finder;
  •     Automatic configuration of Apple's Mail Client to get access to Open-Xchange Mail Services (not yet available in this beta release);
  •     Automatic synchronization with all connected services and devices, for example MobileMe, iPhone, iPod, smart phones and cell phones of other manufacturers with support for iSync.

The OXtender for Mac OS X software can be used by any Open-Xchange user of the on-premise or hosted version. Software packages and installation instructions for the beta version of OXtender for Mac OS X are available for free download and use at http://www.open-xchange.com/en/oxpedia#MacOXtender.

About Open-Xchange
As of today, Open-Xchange Server is installed by more than 3,500 companies and organizations worldwide. Leading hosting providers, led by Network Solutions (U. S.), 1&1 Internet (Germany), JMF (Japan), OVH (France) and Hostpoint (Switzerland) provide more than 8 million users worldwide with hosted business-class e-mail, personal information management (PIM), and full groupware solutions built on 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. It 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 http://www.open-xchange.com.

Contact:
Glenn Rossman for Open-Xchange
Baker Communications Group
(914) 419-8855
glenn @ bakercg.com

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