Scalix beefs up Linux-based groupware platform

* Scalix 11

Scalix made its Linux-based e-mail and groupware platform Scalix 11 available last week, with features such as improved Web client access, support for mobile users, support for users of Microsoft Outlook and interoperability with Microsoft Exchange servers.

Scalix is an open source mail server, based on OpenMail, which runs on Linux serves, and uses e-mail standards such as POP, IMAP, SMTP, MIME and works with any standard Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) directory.

New in Scalix 11 are two improved Web-based clients. One upgrade involves the Scalix Web Access (SWA) client - based on Asynchronous JavaScript + XML (AJAX), which now mimics the look-and-feel of a PC-based e-mail client in a browser, the company says. New to SWA is the ability to search messages on a Scalix 11 server, an out-of-office assistant, and e-mail folder sharing capabilities. Scalix Mobile Web Client is also new with Scalix 11; this offers a basic inbox Web interface for cell phone or PDA users.

Previous versions of Scalix already supported Microsoft Outlook clients; the new version adds mobile Outlook support, as well as improved searching and performance, the company says.

For back-end administration, Scalix 11 includes a Recover Folder tool for saving items deleted accidentally by end-users. A Scalix Migration Tool is also included, which could help administrators move an enterprise based on Microsoft Exchange Server 5.5, 2000 or 2003 to Scalix 11.

For developers, Scalix 11 includes Scalix Messaging Services - APIs based on the Simple Object Access Protocol standard, which allow programmers to integrate Scalix e-mail and calendar software with other SOAP-compatible enterprise platforms, such as ERP or CRM software.

Scalix 11 is available now with pricing starting around $60 per seat.

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