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Upside: Open source stalwart Sendmail looks to wireless for profits

Dec 25, 2000, 20:41 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Sam Williams)

"Most companies save their shopping until after the holiday season, but on Tuesday, Sendmail, the Emeryville, Calif. company built around the open source mail router program, sendmail, broke with tradition and announced the acquisition of Nascent Technologies, a Reston, Va.-based company specializing in Web-based electronic messaging...."

"Still, Sendmail enjoys a number of advantages over its Linux peers. For one thing, Sendmail is the only company that focuses on sendmail, compared with the 100 plus commercial, and non-commercial, distributors of the GNU/Linux operating system. For another thing, sendmail, the open source mail router program upon which the company is based, has been a de facto standard throughout most of the industry."

"Now all that's left is how to get companies to cough up the dough for something they used to download for free. That's where Nascent helps. Nascent's main software product, Mailspinner, lets email readers download their messages via Web browser or any device running the Wireless Application Protocol, or WAP. Sendmail plans to re-brand Mailspinner under the moniker Sendmail Mobile Message Server, augmenting its offering in what has become known as the "universal messaging" market."

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