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Ximian: Evolution Reaches 1.2, Adds Enhancements

Nov 11, 2002, 16:00 (26 Talkback[s])

Ximian, Inc. today released Ximian Evolution version 1.2, which offers a host of enhancements designed to improve the usability, performance and interoperability of the premier personal and workgroup information management solution for Linux and UNIX-based systems.

Version 1.2 of the award-winning Ximian Evolution software upgrades its integrated email, calendar, contact and task list management functions to provide a more powerful and customizable solution for end users and companies using Linux or UNIX workstations.

"With hundreds of thousands of users worldwide, in less than a year Ximian Evolution has emerged as the de facto standard for email, calendar and information management on Linux and UNIX," said Nat Friedman, Ximian vice president of product development and co-founder. "Version 1.2 reflects the tremendous feedback and contributions from the open source community, corporate customers and extensive usability testing. Its improved ease of use and enhanced interoperability with rich standards support make Ximian Evolution a critical piece of a cost-effective Linux desktop for companies of every size."

The new Ximian Evolution version 1.2 offers a host of usability, performance and interoperability enhancements that complement its advanced email and information management capabilities to create a friendlier and more configurable user experience. Support for multiple email accounts has been improved with user customizable settings for default mail, address books, calendar and task folders. The improved email indexing engine performance speeds mail searches and inbox population. Version 1.2 enhances information navigation by enabling multiple word searches and jumping to and selecting items in email lists by typing a single character.

Others of the dozens of enhancements in version 1.2 include:

  • Built-in HTML email signature editor, with support for choosing from multiple signatures
  • One-stop configuration center to manage settings and preferences for everything from the mail composer, fonts and address books directories to account setup, default folders and calendar options
  • Expanded time-saving keyboard navigation and shortcuts
  • Enhanced auto-completion for addressing emails, including improved performance and support for multiple address books
  • Customizable color email labels, fonts and follow-up flags for email messages
  • Improved support for corporate LDAP directories

Ximian Evolution 1.2 also works with the optional Ximian Connector 1.2 for Microsoft Exchange add-on software, which enables Linux and UNIX users of Ximian Evolution to function as Microsoft Exchange 2000 clients. With Ximian Connector installed, Ximian Evolution users can connect directly to Microsoft Exchange 2000 servers for group calendaring, access to shared address books, task and contact management, centralized mail storage and access to public folders.

Ximian Evolution can be freely downloaded from www.ximian.com or purchased on CD as part of the Ximian Desktop Standard Edition ($29.95) and Professional Edition ($59.95) products. The application supports a broad range of Linux distributions and UNIX variants, including Red Hat, Mandrake, SuSE, Debian, Solaris and more. Ximian Connector for Microsoft Exchange can be purchased separately for $69.

Users of Ximian Evolution 1.0 may update to the latest 1.2 version free of charge using the Ximian Red Carpet software updating application.

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