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Open-Xchange tries to outfox MS Exchange

Open-Xchange Inc. has released the commercial edition of its next-generation Open-Xchange Server 5. It is now available for a free, 30-day trial. It provides critical collaborative functions such as e-mail, calendaring, contacts and task management - fully integrated with advanced groupware features such as Documail, Smart Linking, Smart Permissions, document sharing, project tracking, user forums, and a knowledge base.

Open-Xchange Server 5 works with the widest variety of browsers, mobile devices and "rich clients" such as Microsoft Outlook. Open-Xchange Server 5 commercial edition includes an installation tool, a graphical administration module and documentation including user and administration manuals for SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 9 and Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 environments.

The free trial of Open-Xchange Server 5 is for testing and evaluation, not full production; and organizations using Open-Xchange Server may not share the software with others. At the end of the 30 days, the organizations must purchase a license or remove the software.

Other Open-Xchange software, such as the Outlook OXtender and Palm OXtender also are available for 30-day free trial. Once they have registered, organizations will be provided with a 30-day access key to Open-Xchange's Maintenance Portal. The OXtenders may be downloaded from the maintenance portal.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.