Open-Xchange Unveils Community Project to Build Next Generation Open Source Collaboration Suite


New AJAX based web interface provides unprecedented user experience. All relevant code released under General Public License and Creative Commons License

TARRYTOWN, N.Y., March 12 - Open-Xchange Inc., the leading provider of open source collaboration software, today announced the opening of the Open-Xchange Community project and the availability of source code and development documentation for its latest AJAX-based email and groupware technology.

Open-Xchange and the world's leading web-hosting company, 1&1 Internet, recently announced the availability of MailXchange, 1&1's hosted email and collaboration solution based upon Open-Xchange Inc.'s award winning Smart Collaboration(TM) technology. Open-Xchange today is releasing the source code of 1&1 MailXchange server components under General Public License (GPL) and the AJAX-based user interface under Creative Commons License "Attribution- NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.5".

"We are thrilled to unveil our community project and to make available as open source our industry leading email and collaboration technologies," said Frank Hoberg, CEO of Open-Xchange. "We developed our new AJAX-based products to support our recent customer win with 1&1 Internet, which delivered the largest open source software win in history. We are now making those industry tested AJAX solutions available to everyone through our community web site."

Based on work with 1&1 Internet, Open-Xchange now includes a new easy-to- use web user interface that is built on AJAX technology. The new user interface enables tool tips, draggable items, and right-click menus in the user interface. This open and standard compliant software architecture enables partners and developers to integrate third party information systems and content of popular web applications from companies like Google, eBay, Amazon, and Yahoo into Open-Xchange. Additionally, Open-Xchange is releasing source code and documentation for developers of the next generation Open-Xchange Server. The open source components include a new Open-Xchange servlet engine using Apache Jserv Protocol (AJP) to communicate with a webserver like Apache.

"Today, Open-Xchange provides native language support for English, French, and German," said Martin Krauss, CTO of Open-Xchange. "Our community has developed additional language support for Spanish, Russian, Italian, Dutch, Hungarian, Portuguese, Czech, and Norwegian. Our community has also developed installers for more than twenty Linux distributions. We fully expect this fantastic community response to continue and thrive with the creation of our community project and the release of our AJAX source code."

For further information and participation, please visit www.open-xchange.org

About Open-Xchange Server

Open-Xchange Server delivers Smart Collaboration(TM) that simplifies everyday life, work and social interactions. It is based on AJAX, open source software and open standards and offers reliable and scalable messaging and advanced groupware solutions. Open-Xchange Server offers email, calendar, contacts, tasks, and knowledge management. Unique features of Open-Xchange Server include: Infostore, a common repository of documents, bookmarks and knowledge entries; Documail, the integration of email and document sharing/version control; Smart Links between all collaboration objects; Smart Privacy, that lets users define read and write access to all collaboration objects; and Universal Access, the ability to access the server from the widest variety of browsers, clients and mobile devices. Organizations use the Open-Xchange Server's GUI-based administration module featuring Tiered Entitlement to implement role-based user management.

Launched in August 2004, Open-Xchange's open source project is licensed under the General Public License for the software program and the Creative Commons, Attribution, Noncommercial, ShareAlike or CC:by-nc-sa for the digital content or Web Access Add-on. Open-Xchange Server has been recently awarded LinuxWorld's Product Excellence Award, ServerWatch's Product Excellent Award, and InfoWeek's Server Product of the Year.

About Open-Xchange Inc.

Open-Xchange Inc. is the innovator of scalable and integrated open source email and collaboration solutions for enterprises, academic institutions, and government authorities. Open-Xchange enables web-hosting companies to provide an easy-to-use and feature-rich application delivered using Software as a Service (SaaS). Internet service providers (ISPs) and hosting providers, led by 1&1 Internet, deliver advanced email and groupware features through Open- Xchange to millions of users. Open-Xchange Inc. is a privately held company headquartered in Tarrytown, NY, with research, development, and operations in Olpe and Nuremberg, Germany. For more information, please visit www.open-xchange.com

Source: Open-Xchange Inc.

CONTACT:
William Peterson of Page One Public Relations,
+1-508-393-8551,
bill@pageonepr.com, for Open-Xchange

Web site: www.open-xchange.com/

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