"Open-Xchange Brings Sociability to Collaboration
Open-Xchange Server 6.10 breaks the silos of isolated social
NUREMBERG, Germany, July 29, 2009 - Open-Xchange, the leading
provider of open source groupware, today announced the ability to
consolidate social network communication in one central application
with the availability of Open-Xchange Server 6.10.
Open-Xchange 6.10 introduces a new groupware concept called
"Social OX," which aggregates e-mail and contact information in one
place -- whether personal or business -- avoiding time-consuming
searching and giving users access to information anywhere, anytime
and with any device.
"Social networks such as LinkedIn, Facebook, Plaxo and Xing are
great tools for business networks. And, Googlemail and Yahoo free
mail accounts have changed our way of communicating," said Juergen
Geck, CTO of Open-Xchange. "Before we end up in confusion with lots
of e-mail accounts and address books, Open-Xchange overcomes the
barriers between the variety of desktop and web applications, where
we store and handle our multiple addresses, appointments, tasks and
"People today use a number of different e-mail addresses and
social network tools to store contact information generated from
their personal and professional lives," said Philbert Shih, senior
analyst, Tier1 Research. "Social OX is designed to bring the
contact information stored in e-mail and social networks closer
together, allowing the user to control everything from a single
platform. This is a very useful innovation that messaging vendors
are only starting to catch on to."
New features of Open-Xchange 6.10 include:
Integration of any kind of existing webmail accounts (from
Google, Yahoo, etc.) into a folder in Open-Xchange, including
merging of data. .
Contact details from social networks such as Facebook, LinkedIn
or Xing will be added automatically to the Open-Xchange address
book - giving users easy access to the latest contact information
within their personal network. .
In addition, Open-Xchange users can share their data with other
users in a controlled way -- without sending the information via
e-mail. For example, with Social OX published data can be shared so
there is no need to send large documents as an attachment via
"Our customers depend on their email to run their business,"
said Miguel Ramos, manager of Hosting Product Development at
Network SolutionsR. "Social OX will give them the ability to engage
with their customers and vendors regardless of the social network
their contacts are using."
Anyone can try Social OX for free at this special preview
Open-Xchange is installed by more than 3,500 companies and
organizations worldwide. Furthermore, the Open-Xchange Hosting
Edition is used by more than 10 million users worldwide as hosted
business-class e-mail, along with personal information management
(PIM), and full groupware.
Open-Xchange is the innovator of scalable and integrated open
source e-mail and collaboration solutions for enterprises, academic
institutions, and government authorities. The company provides
on-premise versions called Open-Xchange Server Edition and
Open-Xchange Appliance Edition, along with Open-Xchange Hosting
Edition, which enables web hosting companies to provide an
easy-to-use and feature-rich application delivered as Software as a
Service (SaaS). The Open-Xchange Hosting Edition is architected to
integrate into a hosting provider's existing infrastructure, such
as authentication, provisioning, billing, and e-mail storage and
does not require that these systems be replaced.
Open-Xchange AG is a privately-held company headquartered in
Nuremberg, Germany with offices in Olpe, Germany and Tarrytown,
N.Y. For more information, please visit www.open-xchange.com .
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