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LinuxPlanet: Bynari Compatability: Linux Software Vendor Provides Exchange Emulation

Mar 15, 2002, 17:30 (10 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Bill Von Hagen)

"It would ordinarily be odd to read about a Windows-side utility in LinuxPlanet until you think about the implications of a utility that enables drop-in use of an IMAP server as a replacement for a Microsoft Exchange mail server. Microsoft provides Outlook Express as a basic free mail client with every Internet Explorer download, and bundles Outlook itself (which adds groupware features like calendaring and scheduling) with packages like Microsoft Office.

"For all intents and purposes, either version of Outlook is free--but the Microsoft Exchange mail server, which is most definitely not free, is required (until now) in order to use Outlook's calendaring features. An additional, per-client licensing fee, is just icing on the expensive Microsoft cake.

"Using the Exchange server in a corporate IT environment also has 'hidden' costs, such as mandatory and expensive upgrades for the Exchange server itself. These expenses are often followed by incompatibilities between different versions of Outlook and Exchange that require Outlook and Outlook Express upgrades, which often translate into mandatory upgrades from one version of Windows to another. If you hear a huge flushing noise behind you, that may be the sound of your IT budget going down the tubes..."

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