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The USA Register: OpenMail Lives Again

Apr 13, 2002, 03:00 (14 Talkback[s])

"Samsung Data Systems, the IT products and services arm of the South Korean industrial chaebol, has launched an assault on the emerging global market for unified Communications (UC) systems based on the OpenMail email platform it acquired from Hewlett-Packard Co last year.

"Samsung is offering a 90% discount per mailbox to email users who move to the latest Samsung Contact 7.1 version of OpenMail, as a precursor to relaunching the enterprise email system as a full-blown UC offering later this year.

"At its peak, HP boasted of supporting 15 million OpenMail boxes worldwide, and numbered a high proportion of Fortune 1000 companies in the customer base for its highly scalable Unix-based email platform. But in the last several years, OpenMail has lost out to competition from Microsoft Corp's Exchange server, and 12 months ago HP issued an 'end-of-life' statement to OpenMail customers, warning them that there would be no new releases of the product, and placing a five-year deadline on continued support..."

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