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LinuxWorld: Closing down OpenMail: It's not about profit

Mar 12, 2001, 08:32 (44 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Nicholas Petreley)

"Hewlett-Packard fears Microsoft more than it loves OpenMail."

"Hewlett-Packard has decided to stop development on its HP OpenMail server after release 7.0, although HP says it will continue to support customers of versions 6 and 7 for the next five years. No doubt HP hopes its customers will perceive that decision as being driven by the fact that the OpenMail division has not been profitable, a situation complicated by HP's inability to find a satisfactory buyer for the division."

"I smell a rat. Here's why. One day in August 1999, I walked up to the Hewlett-Packard booth at the LinuxWorld Expo and discovered that HP OpenMail was a better Exchange than Microsoft Exchange. The overwhelming potential for OpenMail was so obvious that I pressed an HP representative as to why HP did not actively market OpenMail as a drop-in replacement for Exchange."

"His answer earned HP the "bury the gold" award in my January 14, 2000, column in InfoWorld. As I said back then, HP knew it was sitting on a potential gold mine but was afraid to dig. HP OpenMail runs on a variety of platforms, including Linux. OpenMail is faster, more scalable, more stable, less expensive, and more intelligent in performing calendar and other synchronization tasks than Exchange. But HP refused to market OpenMail energetically as an Exchange replacement because it was more interested in protecting its relationship with Microsoft."

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