"Hewlett-Packard Co. has confirmed that the next release of
OpenMail, its corporate e-mail software, will be its last, leaving
some customers in the lurch."
"HP intends to release OpenMail Version 7.0 in the next few
weeks. Since HP isn't focusing on developing end-user applications,
we have notified OpenMail customers that Version 7.0 will be the
last major release of HP OpenMail. HP continues to provide full
support to customers for Versions 6 and 7 for the next five years,"
said HP spokesman Nam Lamore."
"The most startling aspect of the decision to cut OpenMail is
the lack of a newer HP messaging product to replace it. Both
messaging heavyweights Lotus Development Corp. and Microsoft Corp.
have been phasing out their legacy e-mail products, cc:Mail and
Microsoft Mail, in favor of their newer messaging systems,
Notes/Domino and Exchange/Outlook respectively."